“You cannot be a Filipino unless you become Pampanga first.”
February 18, 2009
Congratulations to Augusto Elefanio, Claude Tayag, Ivan Man Dy and Market Manila for showcasing the Filipino cuisine to the World in No Reservations Philippines. Anthony Bourdain credited the slow-roasted lechon in Cebu as “The Best Pig Ever” (kudos to MarketManila!). This puts the Philippines’ pork dish in the #1 slot in Bourdain’s Hierarchy of Pork.
One of my favorite quotes in the show was “You cannot be a Filipino unless you become Pampanga (your roots) first.” by Claude Tayag. In the same way, Anthony Bourdain regards himself as a New Yorker first and then an American. I believe that we really need to be proud of our roots (whether you are a Kapampangan, Bicolano, etc.) to appreciate our Filipino Heritage.
Here are the Top 10 Essential Links about Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations Philippines: