Your Favorite Filipino Food

Apologies, dear blog readers, but self decided she needed to take an informal survey based on the question:

What is Your Favorite Filipino Food?

The memories of Dear Departed Ateneo prof Doreen Fernandez are flooding self’s brain today, triggered by an e-mail she got from Doreen’s niece, telling her about the Doreen Gamboa Fernandez Food Writing Contest!

So, self decided that in order to get some really good ideas, she needed to take a survey. She called up one aunt after another. (The theme of the contest is “biskwit,” but so what, self just wanted an excuse to bother people today!) The only aunt to pick up was the one in Daly City. She rattled off:


“Chicken, or pork?” self inquired.

“Chicken and pork,” aunt responded.

“Very well, continue,” self prodded.

Aunt then said:


Yummy-yummy, self wholeheartedly agreed with this choice …

“And, what else?” self asked.

“Isn’t that enough?” aunt said.

“No, one more,” self wheedled.

“Okay, how about:

Sinigang na Bangus

Self thanked her aunt and then, after several fruitless phone calls, decided to try hubby.  Hallelujah, he actually answered his cell.

“What is your favorite Filipino food?” self said, deciding to jump in without preamble.  Hubby’s answer:

Lechon Kawali

Self thought disapprovingly:  How fatty!  She maintained a discreet silence, however.

“So, where are you ordering it from?” hubby wanted to know.

“Order?  Who said anything about ordering?  I’m stuck at home, remember?  My car’s in the shop!  How can I pick up anything?”

“Then why’d you call?” hubby asked.

“I’m taking a survey,” self said.  “Well, actually, it’s for a food writing contest.  Sort of, to give me ideas.”

“Look, if you’re not going to order lechon kawali, then don’t call and ask me to name my favorite Filipino food, because now all I can think of is lechon kawali.  Good-bye!”

My, some people are just sooo techy today!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.


  1. August 29, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Hahahahahahahaha! Sign me up for the Lechon and the Sinigang na Bangus.

  2. August 29, 2009 at 1:34 am

    Okey-dokey! Lemme prepare a virtual *feast* (oh yummy yummy for self’s tummy)

  3. August 29, 2009 at 7:09 am

    I’m so hungry now. We used to have a topnotch Filipino restaurant in Vancouver. But the lechon isn’t the same. I guess I was spoiled growing up with the real thing, open coal pit and bamboo sticks and all.

  4. Maya said,

    August 29, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Haha! Hubby is a man after my own heart! You can’t get something like lechon kawali (yuuum!) on a person’s mind and just leave it at that! Major tease.

    Glad I’ve got you going 😉

    Ask me what I had for lunch today! Sinigang na (huge!) ulang (crayfish/crawfish-like critters) sa kamias; tortang talong; inihaw na bangus; ensalada of green mango, tomatoes, onions and bagoong; crispy tadyang (beef ribs) with lots of toasted garlic and chiles; chicken inasal. Wish you were here 😉

  5. August 29, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Maya!!! Can I invite myself over for lunch when I’m there 🙂

    On second thought, my waistline will never recover . . .

  6. romel said,

    September 2, 2009 at 8:40 am

    hi there. i don’t know why i’m telling you this but few years back, i won honorable mention in the doreen gamboa fernandez food writing contest. it was the time when “kakanin” was the theme.

    while i received the glass trophy, foodstuff, magazines and cookbooks, i never enjoyed the one-year magazine subscription as part of the prizes. i wouldn’t have minded hadn’t micky fenix told me back then that she had filled-out the subscription form on my behalf, my place being a long swim from manila.

    i also wonder what happened to the well-publicized coffee table book that supposedly would feature the winning food essays.

  7. September 2, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Hi, Romel,

    Wow, you won Honorable Mention in the Doreen Gamboa Fernandez Food Writing Contest? That’s quite a feat.

    I actually am not the person to ask about magazine subscriptions and so forth. Can you check with “Micky Fenix” (I don’t even know who Micky Fenix is!)

    I am publicizing the contest on my blog b/c Doreen was my teacher at the Ateneo (and she was such a great teacher!), but I actually don’t have any part in organizing the contest.


  8. romel said,

    September 3, 2009 at 12:21 am

    ms. marianne, i’m so sorry for bothering you like this. all i wanted was to grab the one single chance to comment, a thing i’ve long been wanting to do, me being your fan.

    mickey fenix is a member of the contest committee and writes a column in the philippine daily inquirer.

    now, let’s just pretend my first comment wasn’t posted. please continue blogging because you inspire me and my friends (yes, i’ve led them to this wonderful blog!).

  9. September 3, 2009 at 12:44 am


    No problem! Ha, ha, your comment made me laugh!

    I can always edit or remove — just say the word (though I think the comment is entertaining)

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