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PERFECT PINOY FOOD FESTIVAL
[Manila Hotel serves up a feast]


AUGUST 11 -DEDETH’S SPECIAL Lechon stuffed with truffle rice is the centerpiece of the all-Filipino buffet
Roasting a whole pig is not a monopoly of Filipinos. Just ask Anthony Bourdain. On camera, the award-winning chef and TV host described the Cebu lechon as the best roast pork he’d ever tasted, but he heaped the same praise upon a whole roasted pig in Bali later. While Hawaiians and other Pacific islanders celebrate with large pit-roasted pig, Spaniards prefer small suckling piglets, or cochinillos, which are so tender and crisp they are sliced with the edge of a dinner plate. In the world of roasts, our fiesta lechon stands out because it comes with the whole Pinoy package: warm hospitality, music, merriment, and dozens of special dishes reserved for special occasions. MANILA HOTEL FIESTA The hotel with the longest and most colorful history is also tops when it comes to hosting a fiesta, as it proved last week during a preview of the Filipino Food Festival which will run from Aug. 25 to Sept. 16. With Dedeth Dela Fuente Santos of Pepita’s Kitchen as guest chef, the buffet’s centerpiece was, naturally, her specialty: truffle-infused stuffed lechon. READ MORE...

ALSO: VANCOUVER - Pinoy Fiesta - Unang Hirit sa Tag-Init


AUGUST 14 -HIRIT NA PINOY! A Message from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte applauding our community for celebrating Pinoy Fiesta: Unang Hirit sa Tag -Init here in Vancouver Canada. Kita kits on Sunday, August 14th. Thank you to the Filipino Patriots of Canada and Reyfort Media Group for the support. Duterte applauds community for celebrating Pinoy Fiesta: Unang Hirit sa Tag-init Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sent good wishes to the Filipino community. In a video message, Duterte congratulated the community for its upcoming celebration of Pinoy Fiesta: Unang Hirit sa Tag-init on Sunday, August 14, in Vancouver. “We like it what you’re doing,” Duterte said in his video message. President Duterte’s greetings was made possible through the efforts of members of the community, namely, Giovanni Mata, Rey Fortaleza, Mario Hernandez, Christian Cunanan, Rommel Emata, and the Filipino Patriots of Canada headed by Rene Bahena. READ MORE...


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A perfect Pinoy food festival
[Manila Hotel serves up a feast]


DEDETH’S SPECIAL Lechon stuffed with truffle rice is the centerpiece of the all-Filipino buffet

MANILA, AUGUST 15, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN) by Sol Vanzi August 11, 2016 - Roasting a whole pig is not a monopoly of Filipinos. Just ask Anthony Bourdain. On camera, the award-winning chef and TV host described the Cebu lechon as the best roast pork he’d ever tasted, but he heaped the same praise upon a whole roasted pig in Bali later.

While Hawaiians and other Pacific islanders celebrate with large pit-roasted pig, Spaniards prefer small suckling piglets, or cochinillos, which are so tender and crisp they are sliced with the edge of a dinner plate.

In the world of roasts, our fiesta lechon stands out because it comes with the whole Pinoy package: warm hospitality, music, merriment, and dozens of special dishes reserved for special occasions.


HOORAY FOR PINOY CUISINE Clockwise from top right: Stuffed baked tahong, crab claws with gulong gulong sauce, Pepita’s Filipina paella, and lechon pizza

MANILA HOTEL FIESTA

The hotel with the longest and most colorful history is also tops when it comes to hosting a fiesta, as it proved last week during a preview of the Filipino Food Festival which will run from Aug. 25 to Sept. 16.

With Dedeth Dela Fuente Santos of Pepita’s Kitchen as guest chef, the buffet’s centerpiece was, naturally, her specialty: truffle-infused stuffed lechon.

READ MORE...

For the fiesta, the hotel’s Café Ilang-Ilang went all out to ensure a festive ambience, highlighted by colorful décor of oversized hand-cut pastillas wrappers. Echoing the festive atmosphere, the special dishes were served on carved wooden bowls, woven baskets, and artistically arranged fresh vegetables, flowers, and leaves.

Soothing Filipino kundimans and folk music from a rondalla group completed the Filipiniana mood.

STARTLING STARTERS

The line-up of cold starters presented familiar ingredients served in novel ways. Laing (gabi leaves in coconut cream) was topped with fresh Laguna carabao cheese. The novel combination looked and tasted like a spicy South Pacific pesto.

Another appetizer, Bihod Pate, took me back to Egypt’s bazaars where I first encountered Taramasalata, a pate of preserved fish roe whisked with yogurt and lemon juice and spread on flat bread over fresh vegetables.

Also faintly Middle Eastern was the kansi salad which was beautifully arranged, composed of grilled eggplant, chopped onions, ripe tomatoes, salted eggs, and sliced beef.

Garlic made balut salpicao really aromatic. For many, it was the first time to eat balut that had been peeled and cooked. The balut tasted like veal, albeit with beaks and feathers.

LECHON, PALABOK PIZZA?

Cafe Ilang Ilang’s Italian kitchen concocted pleasant surprises. I liked the lechon head pizza, with crisp lechon skin and caramelized onions scattered over very thin crust and sparingly spiked with balsamic reduction.

Very Filipino was the adobo pizza with crisp meat flakes over salted egg sauce. Palabok pizza starred pancit palabok sauce with crispy bihon noodles, taba ng talangka, fried garlic, and boiled eggs. Some guests squeezed calamansi over it, and it worked.

OUTSTANDING MAINS

The Pinoy main courses stayed true to what I think they should look and taste like, with a few personal Dedeth twists.

The binagoongan was topped with crisp-skinned pork much like bagnet or fried lechon. The pork did not get soaked in bagoong sauce and retained its pure flavors. Rich lechon taste and creamy flesh dotted with crisp skin bits made the coarsely-chopped sisig a crowd favorite.

But I must confess that I fell in love with hiplog, a Dedeth original of jumbo white prawns simmered in butter and creamy salted egg.

The new and innovative dishes are too many to enumerate. I feel one visit is not really enough to get my fill of the Manila Hotel’s Filipino Food Festival.

For more information and reservations, call the Manila Hotel’s Food and Beverage Team at 02 527 0011 local 1260 or 1261 


FROM VANCOUVER: PINOY FIESTS FACEBOOK

Pinoy Fiesta - Unang Hirit sa Tag-Init shared Philippine News Canada's video.

HIRIT NA PINOY! A Message from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte applauding our community for celebrating Pinoy Fiesta: Unang Hirit sa Tag -Init here in Vancouver Canada. Kita kits on Sunday, August 14th. Thank you to the Filipino Patriots of Canada and Reyfort Media Group for the support.

Duterte applauds community for celebrating Pinoy Fiesta: Unang Hirit sa Tag-init


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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sent good wishes to the Filipino community.

In a video message, Duterte congratulated the community for its upcoming celebration of Pinoy Fiesta: Unang Hirit sa Tag-init on Sunday, August 14, in Vancouver.

“We like it what you’re doing,” Duterte said in his video message.

President Duterte’s greetings was made possible through the efforts of members of the community, namely, Giovanni Mata, Rey Fortaleza, Mario Hernandez, Christian Cunanan, Rommel Emata, and the Filipino Patriots of Canada headed by Rene Bahena.

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The group requested the President’s message to support the event organized by Jojo Quimpo.

The video message can be seen through Philippine News Canada, the television news program of the ReyFort Media Group.

In his message, Duterte was pleased that the community is keeping alive the cultural traditions of Filipinos.

“It’s kind of novel to be celebrating a fiesta in another land,” the President said.

Duterte praised the community for making time to put together this event that will be held at the Memorial South Park in Vancouver.

The B.C. provincial government has declared August 14 as Filipino Fiesta Day in British Columbia.

The proclamation was made by Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton, and B.C. Lieutenant General Judith Guichon.

The main guest in the celebration is Megan Young, an actress, model, TV host, VJ, and beauty queen. Young was the first ever and so far the only Filipina crowned Miss World.

In a message, B.C. Premier Christy Clark hailed the Filipino community’s contributions to the life of the province.

“It’s wonderful to see all members of the community gather to celebrate Filipino culture,” Clark wrote in her message.


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