Buhay Carinderia takes center stage on country’s culinary dishes

Buhay Carinderia takes center stage with the support of the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Promotion Board (TPB) the project will be on a much grander scale.

Buhay Carinderia

There will be five legs before the grand culmination of the event at the latter part of the year.

The first stop will be Vigan in June. Legaspi’s team will curate and showcase carinderias and cooks from 15 provinces of Region 1, Region 2 and the Cordillera Administrative Region, gathering them at the Vigan Convention Center on June 28 and 29, 2018.

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Mr. Cesar Montano together with Department of Tourism Secretary Mrs. Wanda Tulfo-Teo

Buhay Carinderia nationwide caravan next stop will be Central Luzon to showcase the best of Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales. Carinderia owners and home cooks will be gathered at the Laus Events Center in July this year.

In August, the carinderia owners and operators of the Bicol Region will be in Naga; in September, the best of the Visayas will gather in SMX Cebu; and in October, a grand showcase of the cuisines of the 11 tribes of Mindanao will be presented at SM Lanang Premier in Davao City.

Finally, a grand convention will be held in November or December in Manila. No specific dates or venue have been announced yet.

different kinds of kakanins like puto, kutsinta and bibingka

Carinderia Fiesta Advocacy

Marylindbert International, Inc. acknowledged this when, in 2011, initiated a unique advocacy called Carinderia Fiesta which was later on renamed Buhay Carinderia to help improve the carinderia’s image, help the entrepreneurs behind them and present their unique style of cooking to a wider audience.

street foods
different kinds of street foods and dishes

The organizers also partnered with Department of Education to have access to culinary and hotel restaurant management students in the various regions and provinces who will be trained and mentored by experts.

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#Buhay Carinderia Trending 

#Buhay Carinderia was the number one trending topic in twitter in the country and had created a bit of humor in the Twitterverse last Wednesday, with #CarinderiaNiWanda trending among others. Some netizens also commented that it is a good way to promote the tourism.

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Mr. Erwan Heussaff being a restaurant ,bar investor, an online personality, the husband of actress and TV host Anne Curtis as well as the brother of actress, TV host Solenn Heussaff; he has managed to create his food and beverage niche. After all, his blog “thefatkidinside” has been viewed by millions since 2011, his Facebook page has about 1 million likes, 1.14 million followers on Twitter, half a million subscribers on youtube and 1.9 million more on Instagram.

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He has long been an advocate of healthy and affordable eating, his recent crusade where he came up with a P150/day meal plan, to prove that if you eat local, you don’t need to break the bank, only endeared him to more Filipinos.

Other celebrities and important people were Ms. Clara R. Lapus ( president )of Mama Sita  Foundation, Ms. Margaux Salcedo , Ms. Dolly Anne Carvajal , Mr. Wilson Lee- Flores among others.

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L-R Mr. Cesar Montano, Ms. Linda Legaspi and Mr. Erwan Heussaff

Culinary Tourism

Most of the tourist who comes to the country would enjoy the different kinds of carinderia ( local eateries) and other home cooked meals. The word CARINDERIA is most likely derived from the word “cari” or “kari,” a Tamil word for sauce. According to a theory by Dr. Felice Prudente Santa Maria, this was connected with the large group  of East Indians , Tamils or Sepoys who deserted the British army in 1764. These people had intermarried local people and settled in the towns of Pasig, Cainta, Marikina, Taytay and even in Antipolo.

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tourism and promotion board members, organizers and invited guests

Cainta and Marikina became an important route for pilgrims and needed a place to eat before these people would visit the church. The eateries would serve home-cooked meals to these travelers.

Rizal Park Hotel

The event was held at the iconic Rizal Park Hotel which is a historical place in Manila.

PSSTPH family is part of the this culinary exposition that is worth to visit !



Rence Chan

writer and contributor

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