Celebrating the Buwan ng Kalutong Pilipino

To celebrate the Filipino Food Month or Buwan ng Kalutong Pilipino, the Department of Tourism XI in partnership with the Department of Agriculture and the National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA), launched the four-day food and products promotional event with the theme "Kabilin Nga Linuto-an, Ipasagrabo og Ampingan" at the Abreeza Mall. It will run until April 30, Saturday. 

Present at the opening ceremony were Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Emily Padilla, Department of Agriculture Xl Regional Technical Director Marila L. Corpuz, Department of Tourism XI, Regional Director Tanya Virginia Rabat Tan and Committee Chair on Agriculture and Food City Councilor Ralph Abella. 

Committee Chair on Agriculture and Food City Councilor Ralph Abella, Department of Agriculture Xl Regional Technical Director Marila L. Corpuz, & Department of Tourism XI Regional Director Tanya Rabat Tan.

Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Emily Padilla and Department of Agriculture XI Regional Director Joseph Orilla

“Today until the weekend, expect this space (Abreeza Mall Activity Center) to be filled with sets of unique and delectable fares, and whiffs of savory delights as we all celebrate the Buwan ng Kalutong Pilipino. For four days, we will showcase and honor our vast culinary traditions and treasures, with Davao Region, being a melting pot of indigenous and muslim cultures” said Tanya Rabat-Tan, DOT-XI Regional Director. 

At the opening ceremony of the Buwan ng Kaluton Pilipino event at Abreeza Mall: DAR Undersecretary Emily Padilla; DAR-Xl Regional Technical Director Marila L. Corpuz, DOT-XI Regional Director Tanya Rabat Tanand DAR-XI Regional Director Joseph Orilla

It was in April 2018 when President Rodrigo Duterte signed Proclamation No. 469 declaring the month of April of every year as “Buwan ng Kalutong Pilipino” or “Filipino Food Month”. Culinary tradition is recognized as part of our cultural heritage (National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009) and Proclamation No 469 states that “our vast culinary tradition and treasures should be appreciated, preserved and promoted to ensure their transmission to future generations and to support the various industries, farmers and agri -communities which benefit therefrom.” 

In behalf of the acting City Mayor Sebastian Duterte, Councilor Ralph Abella delivered his message: “Davao City takes pride in its agricultural products and the role of local famers in ensuring food security in the region. The Local Government's unceasing efforts to sustain the agri-fishery industry help meet the food demands of consumers while supporting the continued growth of the local economy. The City Government remains committed to pushing for more programs advancing the agriculture sector of the city. We are confident that through our collective efforts and partnerships, we can continue to uplift the food industry for the benefit of every Dabawenyo across the region.” 

“We will not only be sampling different treats but also learn to appreciate the people who made them. In this way, we are able to preserve and promote these tangible legacies that for years continue to support various industries, our farmers and fisher folks, and other agri-communities,” shared Tan. 

Salad using edible flowers by Tomate Cerise. Co on the Day 1 food demo schedule.

On opening day, guests witnessed how Tomate Cerise, Co. prepared Organic Salad using edible flowers as ingredients, and how the Bagobo Tagabawa tribe cooked Nilutlot na Manok and Ludang, both coconut milk-based dishes. 

The next day, Thursday, Lyceum of the Philippines and Malagos Garden Resort demonstrated how to whip up the Lyurot, a Mansaka way of cooking with bamboo, and Malagos Pork Humba with Malagos chocolate as an ingredient, respectively. 

Friday on the demo table, Balutakay Coffee Farmers’ Association showed coffee brewing using homegrown coffee beans and a guest chef whipped up Davao Kinilaw. 

Expect more exciting cooking demonstrations on the last day, April 30, with Davao del Sur, Davao de Oro and Davao Oriental showing easy to prepare local delicacies.

“With this celebration, we also endeavor to ensure the transmission of these skills and production of these unique commodities to the next generation.” 

Buwan ng Kalutong Pilipino's "Kabilin Nga Linuto-an, Ipasagrabo og Ampingan" event at the Abreeza Mall will run until April 30, Saturday. 

Also published in the SunStar Davao newspaper.

Janice Pareño, General Manager of Abreeza Mall; Art Boncato, former Undersecretary of Department of Tourism; and GeneRose Tecson, head of City Tourism Operations Office

Sherwin Lim Operation Manager of Grand Menseng Hotel & Baby Montemayor, Honorary Consul of Hungary in Mindanao