Iloilo City declared as PH’s food haven

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Iloilo City, home to the famous La Paz Batchoy and Pancit Molo, has been declared as the Philippines’ food haven.

The declaration was made through a resolution approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod last week.

Authored by Councilor Rudolph Jeffrey Ganzon, the resolution cited the city’s “unique way of capturing the taste buds and the stomach of local and foreign tourists.”

“Declaring the Iloilo City as a food haven could pave way for the realization of a sustainable tourism development within the territorial jurisdiction of Iloilo City,” the resolution read.

Renowned Ilonggo chef Rafael “Tibong” Jardeleza Jr. is among those who pushed for the declaration, which he considered as “recognition” of his “advocacy in promoting our Ilonggo Heritage Cuisine."

Last July, the city government submitted its bid for the Creative City of Gastronomy to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

 “Iloilo City is a gastronomic hotspot waiting to be explored, experienced, and enjoyed. The City of Love is passionate to offer its culinary assets to suit every discriminating palate. Our affection for cooking arouses the sense of pride of our people, culture and heritage,” Treñas said in his letter to the UNESCO Creative City Network (UCCN) Secretariat based in Paris, France.

“Our flair for food stirs our strive towards self-sufficiency and sustainability, especially now that we are fighting the pandemic. We are closely working together with both public and private sectors in moving as one towards healing and recovery,” he added.

The city’s bid is backed by the Department of Tourism (DOT).

According to Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat, “it is high time for the city to join the prestigious UNESCO-recognized cities, especially now that we are exploring strategies to hasten the revival of the sector.”IMT/Photo by Ian Paul Cordero




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