Charming Finds in Laguna : Sa Pantalan – Byaheng Pangkatagalugan Food and Heritage Festival

The Food

Cheescake lovers are in for a treat with the Santa Cruz Bibingka Cheesecake which recently won People’s Choice Award in The Ultimate Taste Test 2017 held in Glorietta.

Salted Duck Eggs from Victoria. The traditional way of making salted duck eggs in Victoria and Santa Cruz is by soaking the eggs in salt and clay- putik sa punso or ant/termite mounds for 15-18 days.

Minukmok and Sinaing na Bigas sa Gata from Luisiana

Ube, suman and Carabao’s Milk

Aurora Filipino Cuisine’s Minanok – A traditional Laguna dish, which is puso ng saging slow-cooked in burnt coconut cream served with maruya or plantain fritters.

Ensaladang Santa Cruz (also from Aurora Filipino Cuisine), which is Ubud and Pako Salad with Bagoong Vinaigrette.

Tsokolate Eh Cake. Baker, Gel Salonga’s moist chocolate cake using tablea from Luisiana. Featured in CNN’s Something to Chew On.

Baker Gel Salonga, whose delectble native cake creations & more can be found at TED’s Sta. Cruz. She is also the organizer of this event.

Pure cacao tablea from Santa Maria and their oils.

There was a lot more to this 1-day event including a cultural show, a trip to Aurora Filipino Cuisine and featured books like The Coconut Kitchen by Maria Regina “Regee” T. and The Malunggay Book by chefs Mon Urbano and Day Salonga.

This event was supported by Varinia Elero-Tinga of the Philippine Art Awards (PAA) and Ige Ramos (President, Culinary Historians of the Philippines).

When in Laguna, support local, buy local and celebrate the culinary Filipino heritage and so much more by visiting this awe-inspiring province.

SA PANTALAN – Byaheng Pangkatagalugan Food and Heritage Festival

Gel Salonga – Baker and Organizer: 09052274045


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