Filipino food month spotlights Phl culinary heritage, gastronomy

EXPLORE and savor the rich flavors of Philippine cuisine at Newport World Resorts’ Filipino Food Month celebration. | PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF NEWPORTWORLDRESORTS

April welcomes the Filipino Food Month and Newport World Resorts celebrates the occasion in partnership with the National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA). With the theme, “Engaging the Youth in Shaping the Future of Philippine Culinary Heritage and Gastronomy,” explore and savor the rich flavors and colorful history behind 11 featured dishes by NWR’s award-winning restaurants.

All the way from the Visayas and Mindanao islands comes a regional dish called sinuglaw that has a balance of savory and tangy flavors. Casa Buenas’ version of sinuglaw presents a creative flair through grilled pork, tuna ceviche and toyomansi gelee.

Sheraton Manila Hotel features the culinary heritage of Cebu with its iteration of the slow-roasted pork belly known as Cebuchon, seasoned with aromatic herbs and spices. Taste the savory flavors of the North with Hilton Manila’s Kapampangan sisig, a dish made of diced pork originating from Pampanga and served sizzling hot in a cast-iron plate. Experience an elevated bistek with Hotel Okura Manila’s Wagyu Bistek Tagalog made of thinly sliced premium Japanese wagyu and marinated in Yamasa soy sauce and Yuzu juice.

Marriott Manila’s Siquijor-style Chicken Matar reflects the culinary traditions of the province of Siquijor through tender chicken simmered then garnished with fresh herbs. Specialty restaurant Garden Wing Cafe boasts a gourmet twist to the Filipino favorite cured beef tapa dish with the Beef Tenderloin Prime Tapa.

Silogue shares the taste of comfort with Ginataang Bilo-Bilo or sweet glutinous rice balls in creamy coconut milk broth. Holiday Inn Express Manila-Newport City takes the sweetness to the next level in the staple Filipino fluffy meringue and custard dessert, Brazo de Mercedes.

At Newport Mall, Cafe Mary Grace serves its signature Sirloin Beef Tapa, served with garlic fried rice and eggs. The Red Crab Alimango Food House shares the fresh and flavorful Chili Kangkong Crab. Last but not least, Rafael’s Tapas Bar and Restaurant elevates the traditional beef stew into the exquisite Wagyu Brisket Caldereta