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Taste Ilonggo Cuisine at Café Ilang-Ilang until August 31

A visit to Iloilo is never complete without a taste of its heart- and tummy-warming La Paz Batchoy or Molo soup, the refreshing flavors of Laswa and Chicken Binakol, or a bite of a luscious Ibos and crunchy Biscocho. Dubbed as the “Food Haven of the Philippines”, the city of Iloilo and the provinces of Western Visayas boast of a cuisine that is well-loved and recognized by many Filipinos across the country, and even food lovers from different parts of the world.
Widely recognized, the Ilonggo cuisine is a beautiful confluence of geographic location – having fertile lands and abundant seas at the heart of the Philippine archipelago; rich cultural heritage peppered with Spanish to Chinese influences; and most importantly the creativity of the locals in concocting delicious recipes using homegrown ingredients, and time-honored cooking techniques.
Let the country’s premiere hotel, the Manila Hotel whet your appetite further as Café Ilang-Ilang celebrates the Flavors of Western Visayas througout the whole month of August 2023 with no less than Ilongo heritage culinary master Chef Rafael “Tibong” Jardeleza, Jr. leading the gustatory delight.
Composed of six provinces—Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental—Western Visayas prides itself on serving well-loved dishes such as Guimaras Mango with Ginamos sa Tulapo, KBL (Kadyos Baboy Langka), Laswa, Pancit Molo, Pancit Efuven, Beef Morcon, Lengua Estofado, Bitchuelas, Sopa de Ajo, Fabada, Kinilaw na Tangigue, Paella Negra with Chiperones, Canonigo and La Paz Batchoy Ice Cream.
Cafe Ilang Ilang’s Flavors of Western Visayas buffet will feature over 120 dishes throughout its run according to Chef Tibong himself who gamely joined the media and online influencers during the opening night.
A Champion of Heritage Cuisine Chef Tibong, hailing from Western Visayas himself, has his culinary journey deeply rooted in his love for preserving and promoting the region’s culinary heritage. Drawing inspiration from his upbringing and family traditions, his creations offer a contemporary twist to classic dishes, presenting an elevated experience that resonates with both locals and global food enthusiasts.
For over three decades, Jardeleza has been culinary ambassador, who promoted the food of even small carinderias (food stalls) and delicacies found in the local markets in the six provinces and two highly urbanized cities of Western Visayas. This led to many partnerships, both with the private and government agencies, highlighting the bountiful products of the region’s agricultural and fishing industries through heritage food and eventually the declaration as the “Food Haven of the Philippines” of Iloilo City in 2021 and the publication of Flavors of Iloilo cookbook in 2022.
The dinner buffet at Cafe Ilang-Ilang is available daily from 6 pm to 10 pm. For inquiries or reservations, contact +632 8527 0011 or +632 5301 5500, or send an email to #FlavorsofWesternVisayas #TheManilaHotel #cafeilangilang #ilongocuisine #WesternVisayas #cheftibong #ilongoheritage #showbitsnpieces


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