One cuchara, one tenedor, one plato at a time: Experiencing the Philippine Christmas Holidays

One of many family reunions during the Christmas Season. This was during our New Year Steak Night at my papa Johnny's

On our side of the planet, in the sweltering heat of the tropics, amidst the stressful, fatal traffic of Manila, we celebrate the Christmas season with much meaning and pomp: traditional but consumerist, excessive and religious. Each dining table, however, becomes witness to nothing but the best in us Filipinos. We bring out our best culinary and hosting talents every Christmas, preparing the most laborious and complex dishes we are accustomed too.

My plate from our family reunion last 22 December

My plate from our family reunion last 22 December

It is good to note too that Christmas in the Philippines brings out our most Hispanic character. Family, Faith and Food all come together in a seemingly well-orchestrated manner, one that is oriented both by tradition and patrimony.

My plate during Noche Buena

My plate during Noche Buena

For our family, this is no less true. As a family that loves to both cook and eat, Christmas is an opportunity to dig deep into our family memories and bring to life, as much as we can, several of our grandmother’s recipes (just like any good Filipino family, I think!) and toil the days away in our kitchens.

My plate during Media Noche

My plate during Media Noche

We Filipinos maximize the Christmas season by having reunions with our former high school and college classmates, ex-officemates, barkadas (our friends) and celebrating lavish company (and your own department’s) parties. This year, due to the unfortunate tragedy brought by Super Typhoon Yolanda, many corporate parties were cancelled and department parties were much hush-hush.

My plate during our 1 Jan dinner at home

My plate during our 1 Jan dinner at home

READ MORE ABOUT THIS BLOG at CUCHARA TENEDOR, my food blog here: http://cucharatenedor.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/nexperiencing-the-philippine-holidays-one-cuchara-and-tenedor-at-a-time/

Faith, Family and Food

Faith, Family and Food

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Things made yesterday still influence us until today. Things made today will influence us tomorrow. Things of the essence such as faith, culture, food, music and values should never disappear nor eroded by the times. Instead, these must be recorded, lived and shared. Such are things hecho ayer - made yesterday.
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One Response to One cuchara, one tenedor, one plato at a time: Experiencing the Philippine Christmas Holidays

  1. zurcdor@aol.com says:

    This is a great post! Simple, straight to the point, yet very, very meaningful! There was one “F” you left out, though: Fiesta!

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