Saturday, 8 June 2019

HISTORIA, CULINARIA, Y CULTURA: A Celebration of Philippine Independence Day Through Food, Fashion & Culture (Taal, Batangas)

Historia, Culinaria y Cultura

Last June 8, 2019, the 2-day HISTORIA, CULINARIA, Y CULTURA: A Celebration of Philippine Independence Day Through Food, Fashion & Culture, celebrated 121 years of Philippine Independence via a showcase of heritage food, fashion and culture in the historic heritage town of Taal in Batangas.

Sining sa Taal

The “Sining ng Taal” Art Exhibit, at Tampuhan Café, Galleria Taal and Casa Gahol, featured the artworks of Mr. Oliver Y. Roxas (artist and designer), Mr. Randy Roa (visual artist), Mr. Jose Alain Austria (history professor and self-taught artist), Ms. Robelyn C. Canto (babaylan of the Manobo tribe noted for her hand embroidery), decoupage and collage queen Ms. Arlene F. Barbaza (of Artefact & Ressurection Furniture), Mr. Binggoy De Ocampo (Ressurection and Found Objects gallery owner), Mr. Lawton Ladao (a Bulakeno artist called the "Illustrator of Memories") and Mr. Herminio Tan (a sculptor who transforms bones into wearable art).

Taal Mayor Fulgencio "Pong" Mercado and Theo Arnold cutting the ceremonial
ribbon opening the "Sining sa Taal" art exhibit

The opening and ribbon cutting was graced by Taal Mayor Fulgencio “Pong” I. Mercado, former Ambassador of the Netherlands to the Philippines Theo Arnold,  acclaimed fashion designer Mr. Lito Perez, Mr. Oliver Roxas, Mr. Jay Bato-on, Mr. Rogie Reyes, Mr. Nathan De Leon, Ms. Mildred V. Vitangcol (Chairman of the Board of St. Peter Life Plan, Inc.), Ms. Beth Victoria (Publisher of Bravo Filipino Magazine) and Mr. Zardo Austria (cultural arts and fashion impresario).

Guests at the opening
Guests posing in period attire

The Historia aspect, aiming to educate visitors on interesting and little known facts about Philippine significant segments in Philippine history, particularly on the aspects of art and architecture, featured the following activities:
  • Talks by experts on Philippine History Art and Architecture
  • “Camino de Taal” are guided tours to historical places and heritage houses in Taal —especially the houses of illustrious Filipino families that have helped achieve Filipino nationhood.
  • Film showings featuring momentous period films that showcase the skill and soul of noted Filipino filmmakers.
  • “Kasaysayan sa Kanto,” a 2-day Photo Contest (by Kanto Salted Caramel Vodka) where amateur and professional photographers will display their snapshots of Taal’s historical places.

Kasaysayan sa Kanto

The Culinaria aspect will featured the following activities:
  • Pop Up Lunch highlighting Culinaria Filipina.  Here the Malolos Congress menu (Package Cost: PhP3,500) will be recreated and served in Villa Tortuga, one of Taal’s ancestral houses.  Dining in 19th century splendor, attendees will be required to put on full period costume.
  • 2-day Calle Tienda Crafts and Food Fair, held at Taal’s Social Plaza (Calle Mariño-Agoncillo), will feature food stalls serving local and fusion Filipino delicacies and artisanal crafts.
  • Food demos, along Calle Jose Diokno, where topnotch Filipino culinary artists will conduct demos on popular Filipino delicacies, traditional cuisine, and long-lost heritage menus.

1899 Malolos Congress Menu
Kundiman ng Lahi

Cultura, the distinctive Filipino culture which marries Western and Eastern influences into one fluid and vibrant way of life, became the inspiration of 3 centerpiece events namely:
  • The “Mutya at Ginoo ng Kultura,” the first ever search for the male and female ambassadors who embody Filipino cultural ideals and promote heritage tourism by advocating the preservation and conservation of local culture.
  • The “Kundiman ng Lahi” is a concert, in cooperation with the Lyric Opera of the Philippines (LyrOpera), of well-loved Filipino music (featuring performers Ana Feleo, Randy Gilongco, Mary Patrice Pacis, Tonton Pascual, Mheco Manlangit, Carlo Miguel Bunyi and pianist Peter Porticos) that highlights the different aspects of the Filipino psyche.
  • The grand “Historia en La Moda,” a fitting finale, is a fashion exposition gala that traces the evolution of traditional Filipino attire from Pre-Hispanic times to the genteel days of the Pre-World War II era.  It will feature the masterful creations of Manila’s top fashion designers (Lito Perez, Ditta Sandico, Edgar Madamba, Allesandro Sy, etc.) as they capture the transformations of the Philippine traditional wear.

Historia en la Moda