Kapampangan ‘sisig’ gets rave reviews in LCP 3-day expo-A A +A
Monday, November 21, 2011
A SMORGASBORD of sights, sounds and tastes filled the air at the recently concluded 3rd Philippine Cities Convention and Exposition at Resorts World Manila, Pasay City held November 17 to 19.
While city mayors, vice mayors and councilors attended several talks and sessions on topics ranging from urban poor management to environmental advocacy in the hotel conference hall, the more common folks made their way to the Resorts World parking lot where local government units (LGUs) and other private companies set up booths in order to attract visitors and participants of their trademark products, merchandise and goods.
Of course, Angeles City was there with their eye-catching booth, complete with attractively designed glass panels, colorful neon lit with “Angeles City, I Like!” logo, an LCD TV and the various trophies and awards the city recently got from National Government agencies.
A more attractive feature of the booth, however, was the varied delicacies and specialties that Kapampangans are essentially known for.
From the sweet tasting cassava cake, moche and maja blanca (tibuk-tibuk) to the savory biringhe (a Kapampangan version of the Spanish paella), the Angeles booth proved to be the most frequently visited one in the whole expo – probably because the food was doled out for free.
Eventually though, when one of the exhibitors announced that Angeles City was going to serve out the world-renowned ‘sizzling sisig’ (chopped and minced pork meat served on a sizzling platter with chili, liver, onion and seasoned with calamansi and vinegar), both visitors and participants from other stalls flocked the booth, crowding the already narrow strip of the expo.
The scent, taste and experience have arguably put the Angeles City booth as the most visited booth in the whole 3-day expo. Some even visited the booth twice or thrice to get a taste of all the sumptuous food.
Sisig has easily been one of a major symbol of Kapampangan culture and cuisine; food experts have even dubbed Angeles City as the “Sisig Capital of the Philippines,” of course, much thanks to Lucia Cunanan who was more known for her famous monicker Aling Lucing.
With this, Angeles City has truly proven its right to proclaim itself as a major culinary destination in the Philippines. With its varied specialties, cuisine and products that transcend beyond borders, the city truly has made itself a major player in describing the cultural attractions of the country. True enough, its “Angeles City… I like!”
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Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on November 22, 2011.