The Mama Sita Foundation sponsors Quiapo-themed heritage dinner at Lore Manila

Chef Tatung Sarthou delivers his talk

Home Recipes from the Art Deco Era: Quiapo-themed heritage dinner at Lore Manila

Team Out of Town Blog Hub (Outoftownblog.com) – The Mama Sita Foundation (MSF) recently sponsored “Peacetime Quiapo (1920 – 1940): Home Recipes from the Art Deco Era,” a non-profit dinner held at the Lore Manila in Bonifacio Global City. The event was curated by food writer Ige Ramos and organized by Fernando Nakpil Zialcita, Ph.D., and his class at the Cultural Heritage Studies Program of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the Ateneo de Manila University.

Erik Akpedonu, Ige Ramos, Gemma Cruz-Araneta, Clara Reyes-Lapus, Jing Brucelas, and Dr. Czarina Saloma-Akpedonu
Erik Akpedonu, Ige Ramos, Gemma Cruz-Araneta, Clara Reyes-Lapus, Jing Brucelas, and Dr. Czarina Saloma-Akpedonu

The four-course meal, interpreted by Chef Tatung Sarthou, featured recipes from the illustrious families of Old Quiapo, then a cosmopolitan enclave that linked Asia, Europe, North, and South America in the couple of decades leading up to WWII. Mama Sita’s Balatinaw Heirloom Rice Champorado, topped with Balatinaw Pinipig and Danggit bits, was served for dessert. Clara Reyes-Lapus, MSF President, talked about the Foundation’s Heirloom Grains Project, which was established to support the Kankanaey tribe whose ancestors hand-carved the rice terraces out of the Cordilleras 2,000 years ago.

Chef Tatung Sarthou delivers his talk
Chef Tatung Sarthou delivers his talk

Keynoted by Dr. Zialcita, the program articulated the vision of converting the Quiapo district into a living heritage and pilgrimage zone with talks from

Dr. Ferando Zialcita, Yuan Gabriel Reyes, Earl Joy Lopina, Ria Tenido, Simone Andrea Yatco, and Joshua Imperio.
Dr. Ferando Zialcita, Yuan Gabriel Reyes, Earl Joy Lopina, Ria Tenido, Simone Andrea Yatco, and Joshua Imperio.

Claire Vitug of the San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation, Architect Roz Li of Bakas Pilipinas, Dr. Czarina Saloma-Akpedonu

of the Loyola School of Social Sciences of the Ateneo de Manila University, and Congressman Joel Chua, the chief proponent of the Quiapo Heritage Zone Act, which awaits deliberation at the House of Representatives.

Lengua in the 1920s – 30s style was the second main course
Lengua in the 1920s – 30s style was the second main course

Miss Gemma Cruz-Araneta, writer, director, and former Tourism Secretary, was among the event’s notable guests. Paintings of Quiapo-native Brian Villareal were exhibited in the restaurant.

ABOUT MAMA SITA FOUNDATION

Mama Sita Foundation (https://www.mamasitafoundation.com) is a non-stock non-profit organization birthed from the vision and legacy of Teresita “Mama Sita” Reyes, a Filipino food icon who was committed to spreading awareness on Filipino food and Philippine-grown crops that deliver its unique flavors and tastes. Its initiatives promote Philippine culinary heritage, Filipino foodways, and agricultural sustainability.

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