(Malabon, Philippines) – The City of Malabon launched a month-long celebration to commemorate its 413th Foundation Day. In connection with their founding anniversary, the Malabon Tourism Council launched the fir

st Malabon Kulinarya Festival yesterday at the Dampa sa Paseo to showcase the diverse and rich culinary tradition of the city, which has been passed from one generation to next, as well as help boost local tourism and economy in the city.

It was my pride and joy, together with other bloggers, to witness this wonderful event through the invitation of another blogger from Malabon, Mhel Ignacio of Certified Foodies. It has been many years since I last set my feet on Malabon, I decided to go to the press launch with Liezel of AaronIceLim to make sure that we do not get lost.

Acting Mayor Lenlen Oreta graced the occasion and revealed that they decided to hold the festival because they wanted to share the local culinary customs and traditions as well as the distinctive taste of Malabon dishes to more people in the metro and throughout the country through the Malabon Kulinarya Festival.

There was also a cooking demonstration headed by Ms. Annie Pascual-Guerrero, founder of Center for Culinary Arts (CCA) and a native of Malabon. She was assisted by Chef Melissa Sison and Chef Mirasol Cruz, who also hailed from Malabon. They presented how the locals of Malabon cook Adobong Pusit and Sumpia, a vegetable spring roll. I was glad I was able to take pictures of the step-by-step procedure how the dish was cooked and prepared.

“Making the Sumpia”

“Sumpia”

“A

dobong Pusit”

During the launch, a wide array of Malabon homegrown dishes and delectable native treats were showcased and presented to the public, including the famous pancit Malabon, sapin-sapin, pichi-pichi, pork binagoongan, okoy, ginataang labong, turon, bicho-bicho, kusilbang saging, which were all prepared with a distinct touch and flavor of Malabon.

“The mouthwatering and cheesy pichi-pichi”

“Okoy at suka”

“Ginataang labong”

Various food establishments from the City of Malabon were also present to exhibit their respective specialty dishes. Guests were able to experience the best lugaw, crispy pata, atchara, empanada, peanut butter, and other sweet delicacies in Malabon. This intricately-designed cake caught my attention during the cooking demonstration. I could not help but take pictures of it and other pastries displayed on the table.

“Malabon's Chicken Teriyaki”

“Tinapang Bangus”

I would like to have a taste of all the food presented but the limited space on my stomach could not accommodate them all!

The Malabon Kulinarya Festival will be held from May 16-21 at the parking lot of the Malabon City Hall. On May 21st, there will be a cooking competition for senior citizens that will feature labong (bamboo sprout) as the main ingredient.

Truly, there is more to see, taste, and experience than its famous Pancit Malabon.

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