In the Mabuhay spirit, the Filipino Food Movement Australia is hosting its second Mabuhay Nights pop-up dining series, with the aim of displaying the Filipino culture and food. The second Mabuhay Nights event will be held at Sizzling Fillo in Lidcombe. This event will focus on the Philippine Independence day (12 June).
Join The Filipino Food Movement Australia alongside Guest Head Chef Nina Cruz from Sizzling Fillo and Guest Head Chef Pierre Marie Lucente from Chicago Jones for a special dinner tasting your way through six exquisite dishes celebrating Filipino flavours.
With the theme being Philippine Independence day, the night will showcase Filipino cuisine's many distinct ethno-linguistic groups, and its diverse culinary history, informed by centuries of colonisation and trade. The Philippines has therefore been the recipient of cross-cultural influence from countries like Malaysia and China, and, as is so prominent in Filipino history books, Spain.
From these influences, whether organically or by the country's colonial past, the Philippines' cuisine adapted and changed. What may have started as unique cuisines / dishes from faraway Spain has been adapted by Filipinos to better reflect their culture.
In an interview with Splendid Table, cookbook author and restaurateur Amy Besa explains that Filipino cuisine is also "food we borrowed and made our own", hence the evolution of Filipino cuisine from Spanish colonial period to now.
Through this Mabuhay Nights event, there is an acknowledgement of an old colonial history, celebrating the Filipino quality of strength in the face of adversity, of meeting challenges head-on, and remaining uniquely true to the Filipino roots.