Philippines’ Food Tourism

Published 06/23/2013 by Neds Rocillo

When a tourist plan a visit to any destination or country, in addition to the breath-taking sceneries, locales, and buildings, they also learn about the food it offers. According to the World Food Travel Association, food is rank alongside climate, accommodation, and scenery in importance to tourists. No doubt, Philippines is one of the top countries in food tourism! Anthony Bourdain proved me right when he visited the Philippines to feature in his popular show, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. When we watched it yesterday, I felt it was superbly done. As a truly blood Filipino, I felt very proud of our country and locales who represented the country in Tony’s show. Every guide that Tony talked to was intelligent, and well spoken. Bourdain hails lechon as the BEST PIG EVER! According to Bourdain, of all the whole roasted he have had all over the world, “the slow roasted” lechon he had in Cebu was the best.

Food and cuisine are clearly an integral part of the culture of communities and destinations and tourists, like Anthony Bourdain, want to experience and “taste” the region they are visiting. I remember when Bourdain asked the local guides the question “Who are the Filipinos?” well, if I was the one to answer his question I would say that Filipinos are “mystery”. No one will ever probably know who the real Filipinos are as much as us Filipinos ourselves. We have a very small country and some nations just see as like that. Little did they know, it’s more fun with the Filipinos! It’s more fun in the Philippines!

When Bourdain visited other countries, I noticed that he just realized he misses Lechon Cebu. J


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