|5th Las Piñas Food Festival 2018 held last May 18, 2018 at Villar Sipag C5 Ext. Road|
The Las Piñas Food Festival is an annual event that takes place every year and it is organized by the Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance) headed by no less than Sen. Cynthia Villar herself. A brainchild of the Senator, the Las Piñas Food Festival composed of weekly core events, themed celebrations, culinary workshops, and competitions organised baranggay-wide, this month-long festival celebrates the local perennial food favourites in the hope that might just give Las Piñas City a reputation of a diverse food heaven.
Purple Plum Fairy along with other media friends were privileged to be invited in the recent 5th Las Piñas Food Festival held at the Villar SIPAG C5 Extension Road, Las Piñas City.
It wasn't exactly my first time at the Villar SIPAG, the first time was when I went to Havana Club where I met the indefatigable Senator Villar for the first time. But it was my first time to set foot at the St. Ezekiel Moreno Church. Since my media friends and I had arrived early, we decided to check out the church first. Situated in Pulang Lupa, Las Piñas, we were happy to finally had the chance to get inside the church. It was very solemn and conducive place to reflect and thank God for each day's blessings.
|St. Ezekiel Moreno Church in Las Piñas|
We were very excited to witness what Las Piñas Food Festival will be offering this year. Senator Cynthia Villar who spearheads the said project says that the reason she has started with the Las Piñas Food Festival was for them to be able to find a particular food which will surely best represent the city. And for the past five years, they had been doing this food festival in the hope to be able to come up with such vision.
|Garlic flavored mushroom chips were such a hit|
|These Baranggay Cook Off participants were serious at work as they whip up their special recipes for this year|
So we indulged our senses into unique culinary experiences along with some local chef collaborations which had showcased Las Piñas food heritage and culture. We had uncovered complex layers of the city's culinary landscape as Las Piñas Food Festival, which was now on its 5th year focused more into traditional tastes, authentic flavors, modern cuisine, innovative meals, promoting not just micro business, social entrepreneurship and organic urban gardening.
|Some fresh harvests/produce were also sold that day|
|Fresh produce Upo|
|Fresh produce: from farm to table concept were also given highlight|
|Grand Chandellier hanging was made from used bottles|
|From Talon Dos were the freshest honey pots|
|Three years ago, this Kalabasang kalamay won one of the grand prizes in inter-baranggay cook off|
|A formidable team of Talon Dos which claims to be a three-time winner in the Cook off|
|Purple Plum Fairy with Sen. Nancy Binay|
I've also seen some of the great projects of the Villar SIPAG foundation such as the organic soil, basket weaving made from dried water hyacinth/lily and the school chairs made from plastic bottles. Truly, they are amazing recycled materials. There also was a museum about the Villar family as well as the projects and initiatives they have done for the city of Las Piñas.
|Hand-woven basket made from water lily|
|School chair made from plastic waste|
|Organic fertilizers were also one of the first projects by the Villar SIPAG foundation|
|The Villar Museum|