CARIGARA, LEYTE – This is a photo from my childhood. A man, a neighbor of my grandmother in her hometown hundreds of kilometers away from Manila, butchered a pig in the morning and slowly roasted the entire animal over hot coals. We call this delicacy lechon and is in fact the Philippines’ “national food.”

This is a common sight in the provinces especially during the months of April and May. Families celebrate fiestas by cooking dishes enough to feed half of the village. That tradition has been passed on to several generations and continues to be very much alive until today. It’s fun to visit our relatives in the provinces every summer!


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