Here are facts you need to know about the 'Filipino Food Month'

Sherry Tadeja
PUBLISHED April 18, 2018 03:00 pm | UPDATED April 18, 2018 02:10 pm

(Inside Manila) There's no denying that the Philippines has a rich food culture. The creation of some of the country's traditional food goes all the way back to the Spanish occupation and maybe even further. This makes our cuisine something that our generation and the future generations to come, something to be proud of.

In an effort to uplift the rich and diverse culinary tradition of the country Malacanang has recently declared the month of April as the "Buwan Ng Kalutong Pilipino" or "Filipino Food Month".

Curious? Here are five known facts about the "Filipino Food Month".

It's a petition recently signed by President Duterte

According to a post by Chef Jam Melchor, the proclamation was formally a petition made by Philippine Culinary Heritage Movement two years ago.

"Finally after 2 years, President Rodrigo Duterte signed our petition for the declaration of April as the Filipino Food Month or Buwan ng Kalutong Pilipino. Mabuhay ang pagkaing pinoy!," wrote Melchor in a Facebook post.

Two government agencies will lead the celebration

The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) are two of the government agencies that will lead the celebrations. While other branches of the government are "are encouraged, to participate in the activities of the celebration,”

A project has already kicked-off the food month

Last week, the Department of Tourism (DOT) along with the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) lead the media launch of the "Buhay Carinderia...Redefined" which aims to search for a breakthrough dish the country can contribute in the culinary scene.

Some point out a connection between the cancellation and delay of international food conventions to the food month

With the World Street Food Congress canceled this year and the Madrid Fusion Manila not happening until late September, fans speculate that the government is pushing for a more local food congress featuring the country's own dishes.

There are other upcoming food conventions in the country

Two other food conventions are happening this year aside from "Buhay Carinderia" by November; Philippine Food Expo this week, April 20-22, and the World Food Expo set on August 1-4.



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