One of the easiest means to reconnect with one’s roots is by feeding the eyes and of course, the stomach. Thanks to the Philippine Embassy for organizing the three-day Filipino Art and Food Festival in celebration of the Independence day.
We were in Sheraton (Corniche) last night to check the exhibit of native Filipino products and selected paintings, and of course the promenade of Filipino dishes (aka dinner buffet). It was a sight to witness other nationalities peeking in and even taking photos of the fiesta-themed decors.
I liked that there’s the inihaw na lechon in this painting. I miss the lechon from Cebu. There were also performances of rondalla and folk dances to perk up the festival.
The dinner buffet was set in Flavours Restaurant, which was decorated in different native crafts like the sombrero.
I noticed that there was a significant amount of participation/ exposure for Mama Sita. Pre-dinner, there was a cooking demo headed by the niece of Teresita Reyes (popularly known as Mama Sita).
Chefs from Manila have been invited and while I liked most of the offerings, the maja blanca and turon with langka were the most satisfying.
While we are not deprived of homecooked Filipino meals while away from the Philippines, events like this will always be considered huge. It is “not another Asian-themed munch fest”. And I should say that the pork dishes (allowed to be) served (well yes, while in a Muslim country) in the three-day fest is a treat for several diners. Another reason why it gathered the attendance of other nationalities. I hope that they appreciated the background music during dinner, to the likes of Sitsirit, Alibangbang.