Quiapo-themed heritage dinner celebrates age-old recipes


Erik Akpedonu, Ige Ramos, Gemma Cruz-Araneta, Clara Reyes-Lapus, Jing Brucelas and Dr Czarina Saloma-Akpedonu

The Mama Sita Foundation (MSF) recently organized “Peacetime Quiapo (1920 to 1940): Homemade Recipes from the Art Deco Era”, a non-profit dinner held at Lore Manila in Bonifacio Global City.

The event was curated by food writer Ige Ramos and hosted by Fernando Nakpil Zialcita and his class in the Cultural Heritage Studies Program of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Ateneo de Manila University.

Jing Brucelas, Clara Reyes-Lapus and Chief Tatung Sarthou

Jing Brucelas, Clara Reyes-Lapus and Chief Tatung Sarthou

The four-course meal, performed by chef Tatung Sarthou, featured recipes from the illustrious families of old Quiapo, then a cosmopolitan enclave that linked Asia, Europe, North and South America over the two decades preceding World War II.

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Mama Sita’s Balatinaw Heirloom champorado rice, topped with pieces of Balatinaw Pinipig and Danggit, was served for dessert.

Clara Reyes-Lapus, President of MSF, spoke about the Foundation’s Heirloom Grains project, which was created to support the Kankanaey tribe whose ancestors hand-carved the rice terraces of the Cordilleras 2,000 years ago.

Introduced by Dr. Zialcita, the program articulated the vision of converting the Quiapo neighborhood into a living heritage and pilgrimage area with lectures by Claire Vitug of the Foundation for the Conservation and Development of the Basilica of San Sebastian, architect Roz Li of Bakas Pilipinas, Dr. Czarina Saloma-Akpedonu of the Loyola School of Social Sciences at Ateneo de Manila University, and Congressman Joel Chua, the main proponent of the Quiapo Heritage Zone Act, awaiting deliberation in the House of Representatives.

Gemma Cruz-Araneta, writer, director and former secretary of tourism was among the distinguished guests of the event. Paintings by Quiapo native Brian Villareal were displayed in the restaurant.

The Mama Sita Foundation is a non-profit non-profit organization born from the vision and legacy of Filipino food icon Teresita Reyes. Known as “Mama Sita”, she is committed to raising awareness of Filipino food and the Filipino cultures that offer her unique flavors and tastes.

The foundation’s initiatives focus on promoting Filipino culinary heritage, Filipino eating habits and agricultural sustainability.

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