That’s “their” kind of Pampango food…

I am terribly amused and bemused by chichi Manila friends who absolutely shriek with delight at the sight of “Kapampangan food”…  *looks condescendingly at the rustic spread*

What… are those???  It looks like the spread was taken literally from the dotty “Bahay Kubo” ditty:  “sitaw, bataw, bataniii…”…

 Well, I suppose that is “their” kind of “Kapampangan food”… *sigh*



  1. cousin paz said,

    December 4, 2006 at 7:11 am

    Wow… what a feast! I guess that’s why the “Barbies” are reviving the tradition of celebrating their birthdays with a mass at home and lots of good FOOD after. My mom is the more practical one… often just celebrating with a quiet dinner at a restaurant with a few friends and family.

    Gee, can’t wait for the next “volt in” of the clan so we can enjoy the delicious food. Mom’s 2 friends from our Villa San Miguel Community who you met last Saturday, Mrs. Jimenez and Mrs. Acosta certainly enjoyed your riveting stories. It’s always good to have a good laugh once in a while.

  2. November 8, 2006 at 12:20 pm

    Cousin Paz:

    That’s interesting!!! All this time I never knew that “Imang” Esther’s birthday is also celebrated every 13 December like my Lola Charing’s!!!

    Lola Charing was born in Manila — not in Sulipan — because Lolo Ariong and Lola Maruja [ D Macario Arnedo y Sioco and Da Maria Espiritu y Dungo; also uncle and aunt of your mother ] were attending the 13 December “Fiesta de Santa Lucia” at the Recoletos Church in Intramuros. It used to be a big event before the war because the image of “Santa Lucia” venerated at that church was considered miraculous. Thus, Lola Charing was named “Rosario Lucia”…

    In those days, Lola Charing’s birthday every 13 December was a big three-day affair, like a “fiesta.” Many of the “encargados,” “personeros,” and “casamac” from the “haciendas” would voluntarily come to the house days beforehand to assist [ and to eat! ] in the preparations. Groups of well-wishers, like barrio folk and nuns and priests, would already be entertained by Lola Charing the day before, 12 December.

    On the day itself 13 December, Rufino Cardinal Santos would celebrate the Holy Mass at 11:00 a.m. at the upstairs chapel. Lunch was for Lola Charing’s affluent friends, as well as the senior Gonzalezes and Arnedos. A heavy “merienda” followed. Dinner was for all the other relatives from Pampanga, friends and neighbors, and family as well.

    The day after 14 December, well-wishers would continue to stream in. 14 December was also the birthday of Tita Mina [ Marina Arsenia Arnedo Gonzalez ], our family’s dear version of “Austin Powers’ ‘Mini-Me.'” Lola Charing continued to entertain the guests with good food. After dinner, the household staff, the “encargados,” “personeros,” and “casamac” were allowed to take what they wanted of the remaining food and raw ingredients and Lola Charing would give them some money for their services.

    And before one knew it… it was already Christmas!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  3. Paz Cacnio Atienza said,

    November 8, 2006 at 8:01 am

    I was surprised to read that Lola Charing and my mom Esther have the same birthday. My mom’s real name is Esther Lucia Cacnio y Mercado.

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