On June 16, 2018 at noontime till 4 pm, have a taste of Ilocano dishes at the Kalayaan Hall, Philippine Center on 5th Avenue
New York– A Taste of Ilocano Food and Culture kicked off when it was announced on social media on June 1st. The enthusiasm and expectations of members in the Filipino-American community were high following the event invite. They expressed their excitement resulting to a “Sold Out” event in less than one week.
This first, soon-to-be an annual event is organized by the Ilocano American Association, Inc. (IAAI) in partnership with the Philippine Consulate General in New York (PCGNY).
Atty. Dulce Barangan, president of IAAI says, “The idea of featuring the famed Ilocano cuisine in NY Tri-State area came about when Consul Arman Talbo (a fellow Ilocano), of the NY Philippine Consulate asked me a few months after he took his post, if we can do a project that would feature our heritage and culture. Challenged and excited to do something different, the idea was initially shared with the members of the IAAI only. But then I thought, why not do it with the other Ilocanos within the tri-state area. I went ahead and called my fellow Ilocanos and instantly got their support. We have volunteers, patrons and contributors from Abra, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Cagayan , Pangasinan, Isabela, Tarlac and Mindanao and they all expressed their desire to share foods from their respective provinces. You may be asking yourselves: What? Mindanao? Yes, Mindanao! In the past, a lot of Ilocanos migrated to Mindanao due to government-sponsored resettlement.”
Ilocano food is not as simple as it appears, but an edible concoction of mouth-watering recipes derived from various influences like Spain, China and other neighboring countries. When asked about the event menu, Atty. Barangan proudly shared that fellow Ilocanos carefully curated a menu of out-of-this- world recipes. “The IAAI members will be happy to share with guests, their secret ingredients to make a more delicious meal without using MSG. Famous traditional dishes such as Dinardaraan, Longganisa, Igado, Dinengdeng/Inabraw, Pinakbet, Pinapaitan, Dinakdakan and much more will be served for everyone to enjoy. Tupig, which is available only in some provinces during Christmas, and other “sinamit” (sweets) that Ilocanos are known for, will be served as well”, she said.
This festive event promises to bring together not only the Ilocanos, but Filipinos from other provinces in the Philippines. While enjoying the food, guests will experience the Ilocano heritage, music and culture fully. A special feature on the northern region’s woven cloth, the INABEL will be presented through the remarkable designs of couture fashion designer, Edgar Madamba.
The Filipino food was in a spotlight when the late world-renowned chef, Anthony Bourdain regarded “Sisig” as the next big thing in America. Will this be a breakthrough for one of the Ilocano dishes? We will find out on June 16th at the Philippine Center.
A Taste of Ilocano Food and Culture is sponsored by GMA Pinoy TV, RIA Money Transfer, Victor G. Sison, P.C., Dra. Dolly Rivera and Synergy Production & Marketing, Inc. (Featured image Igado dish/Google)
Ilocano American Association, Inc. based in New York, is an organization of Filipinos and Filipino-Americans from the Ilocos Region in the northwestern seabord of Luzon, Philippines. Its members are Ilocanos living in the New York Tri-State area. IAAI promotes camaraderie, helps preserve the Ilocano culture, heritage, traditions and perspectives that have shaped who they are as a community.