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.
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.
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.
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.
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/