July 14, 2008
Filipinos love to eat - but that’s stating the obvious. In fact, some foreigners in the Philippines have noticed that when the locals ask each other ”Kamusta?” (How are you?), there’s usually a follow-up question: “Kumain ka na ba?” (Have you eaten?). If the answer is no, one would often invite the other to lunch or supper or at least a repast of kape and kakanin. Town fiestas and family celebrations are further proofs of Pinoys’ passion for food and the enjoyment of it in a communal setting.
This love of food is strongly connected with the fascinating cuisine of the Philippines, which is a reflectin of the nation’s history. Our native culinary tradition has been enriched by ingredients and cooking procedures from many places - China, Spain, the United States, and other countries with which Philippines has had cultural and economic ties over the centuries.