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ADOBO PA, MORE!
[There are many ways to cook one of the Philippines’ most recognizable heritage dishes]


JUNE 9 -Sisig ala cabiao
Should the Philippines hold a contest to name a national dish, chances are that adobo will be a top contender. Filipinos love adobo. From Batanes to Tawi-Tawi, all families have favorite adobo recipes using vegetables, pork, chicken, beef, seafood, and wild animals. My first adobo memory is the adobong bayawak shared with neighbors who caught the monitor lizard in flagrante delicto while devouring my pet duck’s eggs. The lean, white meat really tasted like chicken, redolent with garlic, black pepper, vinegar, and bay leaves. A Bicolana family friend insisted on adding coconut milk and chili peppers and the dish got elevated to a different level after simmering until the creamy gravy turned oily. Adobo beyond CPA Restaurant menus almost always feature “CPA” or chicken pork adobo, which is the most popular variant of the dish. Cooks often ignore or forget the other versions that are more nutritious and affordable, such as the adobong tahong, adobong kanduli, and adobong kuhol. READ MORE...

ALSO: President, whose wife is known for thousands of shoes, wears only socks in his glass tomb


JUNE 9 -SHOELESS CASE — Encased in glass with the body of former President Ferdinand Marcos are a number of secrets long kept by the Marcos heirs like the explanation behind his being lain shoeless. (Freddie Lazaro)
Awaiting transfer to what could be his final resting place at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City, Ferdinand Marcos lies inside a glass enclosure that has provided protection from the elements since the remains were allowed to be flown in from Hawaii 23 years ago. Dressed in formal hand-embroidered Barong Tagalog and formal black pants, the former president appears to be dressed for an official event. Except for one thing – he’s not wearing shoes! Yes, the husband of the woman famous for her collection of thousands of shoes has been on public display wearing socks, but without any footwear. Ilocanos lining up to enter the mausoleum housing the late president’s body in Batac City, Ilocos Norte, told this writer that their dearly departed are traditionally buried without footwear in order to prevent their spirits from wandering around. Non-Ilocanos jokingly refer to this superstition as “dress code for ghosts.” WHAT ELSE IS IN THE COFFIN? Sources close to the Marcos family told the Bulletin that following the late president’s wishes, some of his favorite possessions had been placed in his coffin, and will be buried with him when the time comes. Among these are his US-made ACE comb which for years was supplied by family friend Congressman Roquito Ablan. READ MORE...36 READER'S COMMENTS...


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Adobo pa more!
[There are many ways to cook one of the Philippines’ most recognizable heritage dishes]

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Sisig ala cabiao

MANILA, JUNE 13, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN) by Sol Vanzi June 9, 2016 - Should the Philippines hold a contest to name a national dish, chances are that adobo will be a top contender. Filipinos love adobo.

From Batanes to Tawi-Tawi, all families have favorite adobo recipes using vegetables, pork, chicken, beef, seafood, and wild animals.

My first adobo memory is the adobong bayawak shared with neighbors who caught the monitor lizard in flagrante delicto while devouring my pet duck’s eggs.

The lean, white meat really tasted like chicken, redolent with garlic, black pepper, vinegar, and bay leaves.

A Bicolana family friend insisted on adding coconut milk and chili peppers and the dish got elevated to a different level after simmering until the creamy gravy turned oily.

Adobo beyond CPA

Restaurant menus almost always feature “CPA” or chicken pork adobo, which is the most popular variant of the dish. Cooks often ignore or forget the other versions that are more nutritious and affordable, such as the adobong tahong, adobong kanduli, and adobong kuhol.

READ MORE...

Oysters and baby squid are cooked adobo-style for sprinkling atop pancit Malabon.

Adobo is one of two favorite ways to cook freshwater catfish (hito).

Even vegetables such as kangkong, saluyot, sitaw, okra, and puso ng saging (banana blossom) become excellent side dishes when cooked in adobo sauce.

I consider today’s trendiest pulutan, sisig, as adobo in disguise.

It starts as boiled pig’s head that’s grilled, chopped, stir fried, and seasoned with adobo ingredients: garlic, black pepper, bay leaf, vinegar, and soy sauce.

Throw the mixture on a hot plate with chili peppers and it turns into sisig.

Adobo as pambansang ulam

In the spirit of fun and good food, the Adobo Movement was launched by Datu Puti and Mercato Centrale to push for adobo to be declared the Philippine National Dish.

We attended the first “judging” of entries from Mercato Centrale vendors.


pork adobong laing pinangat

Awarded winner for the media and blogger preview was Dayrit restaurant’s pork adobong laing pinangat, which merged adobo with gabi leaves simmered in coconut milk.

It reminded me of my childhood’s bayawak adobo sa gata—thick, oily, spicy, creamy, and perfect with rice.

Our vote, however, went to a simple and classic crispy beef ribs adobo, prepared by Chef Raymund Fabre of Cusiniers.


Economist-turned-chef Raymund Fabre

Chef Raymund, who had worked as an economist with former Prime Minister Cesar Virata, enchanted us with his knowledge of cooking processes and kitchen utensils.

We had a scholarly discussion about cast iron skillets (spiders) and braising kettles (Dutch ovens). He now prefers pie pans to pie charts. His braised ribs literally fall apart without knife or fork.


Cuisiners’ crispy beef ribs

Adobo everything

Other entries had adobo stuffed inside gyoza and eggy lumpia skin; deep-fried in crisp spring roll wrapper; shredded over salted egg salad; and battered and sprinkled with sesame seeds.


Chicken adobo in crisp pouche


Pugon-smoked Pork Adobo


Refreshing adobong ensalada

The Adobo Challenge showdown will be held on June 11 at the Mercato Centrale Saturday Market in Bonifacio Global City, where a select group of judges will choose the three winners.

A People’s Choice Award will be handed out to the crowd favorite, to be chosen based on the preferences of attending foodies.


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President, whose wife is known for thousands of shoes, wears only socks in his glass tomb by Sol Vanzi June 6, 2016 (updated) Share443 Tweet0 Share1 Email6 Share495


SHOELESS CASE — Encased in glass with the body of former President Ferdinand Marcos are a number of secrets long kept by the Marcos heirs like the explanation behind his being lain shoeless. (Freddie Lazaro)

Awaiting transfer to what could be his final resting place at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City, Ferdinand Marcos lies inside a glass enclosure that has provided protection from the elements since the remains were allowed to be flown in from Hawaii 23 years ago.

Dressed in formal hand-embroidered Barong Tagalog and formal black pants, the former president appears to be dressed for an official event. Except for one thing – he’s not wearing shoes!

Yes, the husband of the woman famous for her collection of thousands of shoes has been on public display wearing socks, but without any footwear.

Ilocanos lining up to enter the mausoleum housing the late president’s body in Batac City, Ilocos Norte, told this writer that their dearly departed are traditionally buried without footwear in order to prevent their spirits from wandering around. Non-Ilocanos jokingly refer to this superstition as “dress code for ghosts.”

WHAT ELSE IS IN THE COFFIN?

Sources close to the Marcos family told the Bulletin that following the late president’s wishes, some of his favorite possessions had been placed in his coffin, and will be buried with him when the time comes.

Among these are his US-made ACE comb which for years was supplied by family friend Congressman Roquito Ablan.

READ MORE...

Also to be buried are a leather wallet and a made-in-China tin can which remind the Marcos children of their childhood.

“Dad kept small change and special treats in that painted can, which rattled when full,” one of them narrated.

A pair of leather slippers, his favorite footwear around the house, are arranged side by side near his feet.

The last item is the most romantic: a set of cotton pajamas printed with baby elephants and hearts, which always brought laughter to the entire family. It was a wedding anniversary gift from his wife, former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos, who loves the cute print.

Many residents and town officials of Batac where the mausoleum stands, would prefer the keep President Marcos’ body in their town, as it is the top tourist attraction not only of the province, but the entire Region 1 as well.

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Yolanda Santos • 6 days ago
When the Dictator Ferdinand Marcos was still in power, he commissioned a giant, 99-foot bust of himself in La Union facing the China Sea. After he was thrown from power, some passersbys poured paints on his bust, threw rocks on it and finally, someone blew it apart in 2002. Parts of his head, face, eyes, nose were scattered down below.

It was a fitting, modern day version of Shelley's poem: "My name is Ozymandias, King of kings, Look at my work, ye Mighty and despair..... Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare, the lone and level sands stretch far away".
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Mahar Sumilang Yolanda Santos • 6 days ago
Not passersby. The Ibalois did it as a way to exact justice. The Marcos bust was constructed at the highest peak on the land grabbed from the ancestral land of the Ibaloi tribe in Pugo, La Union. After the the dictator was deposed, the Ibalois took back their ancestral land and blew up the bust.
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Artemio Recarte Mahar Sumilang • 6 days ago
Thats good information.
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Artemio Recarte • 6 days ago
He looks ok where he's at. Leave him there. If you move him to the LNMB someone is bound to blow him up to smithereens. Then you who insist to move him will look like idiots.
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fundador Artemio Recarte • 6 days ago
this anti marcos all they can do now is blah blah blah lol
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Artemio Recarte fundador • 6 days ago
Thank you for depicting me an ANTI MARCOS. I really feel very very honored to be counted amongst my compatriots.
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Orchidia • 6 days ago
Bury him in Duterte's backyard in Davao City or put him on Duterte's bed where he sleeps when he is in Manila! That way, Duterte can kiss his behind every morning he wakes up!
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Artemio Recarte Orchidia • 6 days ago
EXCELLENT CHOICE.
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Emilio Aguinaldo Orchidia • 6 days ago
lol! move on dude.
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vern Emilio Aguinaldo • 6 days ago
Mga Damuho kayo,,takot nga ako sa mumu, ayaw ko katabi yan,..kahit friend forever kami ni bobong marcos!
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sandigan • 6 days ago
i am totally all for a decent burial for the former president. Give him his rightful resting place in the smokey mountain.
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Artemio Recarte sandigan • 6 days ago
I like you idea. But Smokey Mountain is already the symbol of Marcos successful BAGONG LIPUNAN.
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Emilio Aguinaldo sandigan • 6 days ago
hater! just watch marcos to be buried in LNMB.. wala ka ng magagawa gago
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Artemio Recarte Emilio Aguinaldo • 6 days ago
WE SHALL SEE WONT WE.
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Orchidia • 6 days ago
Let Tito Sotto, the Great Senate Orator NOT, write and deliver the eulogy for Marcos' burial in Duterte's backyard!
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magiting • 6 days ago
Bury him with Honors Among Thieves!!!
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danaugust68 magiting • 6 days ago
Marunong ka pa sa Presidente. Bakit di ka kumandidato? He is a Veteran, He should be buried as such. A Veteran with Honor/ Check the regulation>
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benche04 danaugust68 • 6 days ago
A thief is a thief!
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vern danaugust68 • 6 days ago
Veteran abusers, who flourished the art of corrupting govt fund , a FAKE soldiers, spy of the japanese govt, during japanese occupation together with Laurel,...see, his father is a makapil,where the people of ilocos,killed this mariano marcos,by dividing his body using carabao..Saka sino ba ang Presidente duterte? Siya ba ang batas? Pusta papasabuginn yan bangkay niyan, katulad ng mga suicide bomber..nagbanta na noon ang NPA at mga biktima niya..Huwag naman sana mangyari at may madadamay pa..
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Artemio Recarte danaugust68 • 6 days ago
I check the regulations like you said. On the appendix section it says; "no person will be considered a hero if he is responsible for the killing thousands of his on fellow citizens and plundering the country of billions and billions of dollars intended for the people. Living lavishly and causing the country to suffer almost irreparable poverty and miseries. It also said; exile that person and his whole family on the island of Faralon de Mendenilla y Isla de Ladrones." This is a great regulation.
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benche04 • 6 days ago
Hay naku, wag na nating sayangin ang oras dito, this is history, move on!
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vern benche04 • 6 days ago
He,he,he,,,MOVE on ka diyan! di nga kayo maka move sa pagka panalo ni LENI ROBREDO...he,he,he
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Mahar Sumilang • 6 days ago
Been there several times. I tell you, that's not a corpse in there. It's a wax mannequin. They are fooling us all over again.
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benche04 Mahar Sumilang • 6 days ago
Where is the real one? I've heard Marcos is still alive!
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Artemio Recarte benche04 • 6 days ago
THATS RIGHT I HEARD SOMETHING LIKE THAT TOO.
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Jocel Artemio Recarte • 6 days ago
hahaha, you are such a joke...may mga ganyan pa kayong pinagiisip.move on na ooi. patahimikin nyo na ung taong 99 years old na.
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Jocel Mahar Sumilang • 6 days ago
unahan mo na kayang hanapin si Ferdinand.now na!
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Paul Parenas • 6 days ago
Don't bury this guy! Make him a tourist attraction. People from all over the world, especially Marcos followers will pay to see a mummified body of a former dictator. Another way for the family to make money, not stolen this time.......
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danaugust68 Paul Parenas • 6 days ago
They do not need the money. You do, so you can stay alive in this world.
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benche04 danaugust68 • 6 days ago
Right, they do not need money anymore, they stole everything from the Filipino people!
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Artemio Recarte danaugust68 • 6 days ago
We call that working. Not like them, they live off the sweat of other people.
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100hagibis100 • 6 days ago
Maybe it's better to do cremation so that the atoms / molecules will immediately be scattered throughout the whole Philippines and beyond
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Artemio Recarte 100hagibis100 • 6 days ago
Thats considered AIR POLLUTION.
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vern 100hagibis100 • 6 days ago
or maybe..all marcos victims, should chop his body, size pinch of salt , and and scattered in rice field,,ng may pakinabang naman...kaso baka lalong malason ang pananim...
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Emilio Aguinaldo • 6 days ago
lots of marcos haters! e hanggang ngawa lang nman kayu. anu ba magagawa nyu? mga tanga!
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Artemio Recarte Emilio Aguinaldo • 6 days ago
Tanungin mo si nanay mo kong talagang si Macoy talaga ang tatay mo. Pag katapos magpa-DNA test ka at ipakita mo kay BBM na magkapatid pala kayo. Malay mo makatikim ka ng pinagnakawan nila,


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