Exploring the cookery from destinations has unceasingly been associated with notes of vacation and tours, but the idea of food tourism has evoled to incorporate experiences beyond the plate. This is what Wow Pilipinas Partylist envisions, that food tourism can be maximized and help our country be known at a much deeper level.
A Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) expressed their enthusiasm for the promotion of indigenous foods in the Cordillera which they believe will further boost the tourism destinations in provinces of the region.
“We should really start to look at our indigenous heritage cuisine, not because we eat them but because we really have to be proud of them. It is our heritage, it has to be given a chance,” said Marie Venus Tan, chief operating officer of TPB-Department of Tourism, during the opening of the “Mangan taku” (Let us eat) food fair.
“Tourism is all about storytelling. Tourism is all about immersion and experience. They don’t just go to beautiful places. Tourism should be sensory, you feel it, you see it, and most importantly you taste it. Food is the center of our culture, we must give it a chance,” Tan said.
She said tourism has evolved to tourists wanting to be part of the place and to be immersed, saying “people want to experience everything.”
Tan said coming up with the “Mangan Taku” event and bringing the indigenous food of the various provinces to the region’s center will promote the destinations and entice tourists to visit the Cordillera.
She said the event was the first food fair in Cordillera that intends to promote its cultural heritage cuisine for tourism.
The food fair was participated in by Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province having their own booths to showcase their original cuisine or presented with a twist.
The Mangan Taku food fair opened on April 8 and will last until April 14.
News source: Philippine News Agency