As an ardent promoter of things of Kapampangan (even though my fellow Manila citizen Spanx laughs at the way I mangle the Kapampangan language) ,  allow me to plug this event for this Saturday.

Really, It’s not as far as you think,  San Fernando is just but a 45 minute drive from the Balintawak NLEX exit and you can zip through without any hitches. I’ve seen San Fernando’s heritage street (not really a district) and the houses themselves are worth the drive.  With food its EVEN better.

Do check it out.


Experience a Pampanga Food Fiesta!

If there is anything that makes Pampanga famous, it’s the delicious food! And if the success of the recent Kapampangan Food Fair at the Salcedo Market last June 21 is any indication, food lovers young and old will have a blast at the 2nd Pistang Kapampangan King Sinukwan on November 29, Saturday evening at the Old Heritage District along Consunji Street in San Fernando, Pampanga.

The whole stretch of the historical street will closed from 4:30 pm to 12:00 midnight, to light up the ancestral houses and to give way to a food fair and fanfare that brings together the best of Pampanga cuisine – from authentic Kapampangan cooking by Everybody’s Café (a Tatler Best Restaurant in 2008), Abe, Bale Kapampangan, Jun Jun’s BBQ and Bibingka, Teresita R. Razon’s Palabok and Halo Halo and home-cooked meals from PAMANGAN by Des Torres. For the health-conscious, freshly-picked fiddle head fern salad from the Hizon orchard will be served.

Pasalubong items such as Carreon’s Pastillas and Plantanillas, Navarro’s Taba ng Talangka, WOW Mani, Kuliat Cakes and Empanada and Lailen’s Pastries from the Sweets and Delicacies Association of Pampanga (SnDAP) will be available; as well as mouth-watering offerings from La Moderna Bakery (Masa Podrida and Gorgorias), Bakeline (Mamon Tostado and Empanaditas), fresh sugar cane juice from Alex Patio, heirloom Desserts from Mitchie Hizon, and barrio goodies from the town of Sta. Rita such as the DUMAN and freshly-rolled native barquillos.

Other delectable attractions include Duck Ham from Lubao’s Pride, Ostrich Steak from Orstrichland’s Bruno and Diego, and the different Native Suman from Cabalantian.

There will also be an on-the-spot Cooking Contest (using local abundant ingredients) that seeks to discover and develop new talent in the field of cooking, and performances by the Magsilbi Tamu Brass Band, Arti Sta Rita, Aslag Kapampangan and the newly-formed Teatro Ima at Arti.

So have a reunion with your family and friends and plan a pilgrimage to the birthplace of sisig, tocino, buru, tamales and tibuk-tibuk!

Proceeds from the event will go to the Foundation for Lingap Kapampangan Inc., more popularly known as the Save Pampanga Movement, which advocates for the preservation of Kapampangan culture and arts.

Come in your most comfortable “barrio Filipiniana” attire and get ready to go on a hometown feast for all your senses!


4:30 – 5:30 pm Anticipated Sunday Mass
5:45 – 6:00 pm Opening: Magsilbi Tamu Brass Band
6:30 – 7:00 pm Start of On-the-Spot Cooking Contest / Annotation
7:15 – 7:30 pm Performance: Arti Sta Rita / Tetro MaArti
7:45 – 8:00 pm Cooking Contest Judging
8:15 – 8:45 pm Serenata: Magsilbi Tamu Brass Band
9:00 – 9:30 pm Demonstration: Barquillos/ Tamales or any native kakanin
9:45 – 10:00 pm Performance: Aslag Kapampangan
10:15 – 10:45 pm Demonstration: Barquillos/ Tamales or any native kakanin
11:00 pm Final Performance: ArtiSta Rita or Aslag Kapampangan

Everybody’s Cafe
Red Rickshaw
Pamangan by Des Torres
Bale Capampangan
Teresita R. Razon’s Halo-Halo and Pancit Palabok
Thai Kingdom – Sau Del Rosario
Abe – LJC
Cafe Havana (cocktails) – LJC
Jun Jun’s BBQ and Bibingka
La Moderna – masa podrida, sampaguita cookies, gorogrias
SFO {Specialty Food Outlet} by Essel
Bruno and Diego- Ostrich steak from Ostrich land San Luis, Pampanga
Duck Ham from Lubao’s PrideFrsh Fiddle Head Fern Salad from Hizon Family Orchard
Hizon Family Heirloom Desserts
Fresh Sugar Cane Juice – Alex Patio
Sweets and Delicacies Association of Pampanga (Wow Mani, Navarro’s Taba ng Talangka, Lailen’s Pastries’ sylvanas, Sasmuan Delicacies, Pabalan Pastillas, Carreons Plantanillas)
Apung Uping’s Original Espasol

Sta. Rita town – (on the spot barquillos, tsokolate batirol, duman, umba, bringhe, asadong babi, turrones, uraro, mamon tostado)
Sto. Tomas – Bibingka
Cabalantian – Suman Makers
Mexico –
Lilian Borromeo – San Nicolas and other native cookies
Dandy’s Moman Tostado