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Cerveza Negra

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Most that are familiar with San Miguel Philippines know of their Pale Pilsen and Light varieties.

The company carries a wide range of beers, including a dark variety called Cerveza Negra.

As their website describes to: "Cerveza Negra has roasted malty notes which extends to its taste. It is full-flavored and full bodied. Bitterness is moderate but still smooth."

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Written by Paulo Loreto

April 26, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Lechon

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A popular dish that can be found in various Latin countries, the roasted pig is considered the national dish of the Philippines. Preparation is always traditional, slow-cooked in a pit. The pig is tied to a rod and is slowly turned throughout the cooking process. After several hours of careful preparation, the pig develops a crispy reddish skin — a favorite of those who get to enjoy it.

On an episode of "No Reservations," Anthony Bourdain proclaimed Filipino lechon to be the best roast pig in the world.

Written by Paulo Loreto

April 14, 2012 at 5:50 AM

Posted in Food, Lechon, Philippines, Pig

Sari-Sari

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The term sari-sari roughly translates to “variety.” Across the Philippines, these sari-sari stores are set up to offer various commodities at a low price. Everything from snacks to toiletries to cell phone credits (load) can be purchased at one of these stores.

It is said there are around 800,000 sari-sari stores across the country, they require very little overhead and, sometimes, are attached to the side of one’s house.

This row of sari-sari stores sits near the water in Iloilo City, Iloilo.

Written by Paulo Loreto

April 13, 2012 at 5:36 AM

Manokan Country

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Bacolod City is the epicenter of Filipino-style grilled chicken. Chicken Inasal is traditionally served on a bamboo stick and eaten with the hands. All the Manokan Country stalls — and, namely, any establishment in Bacolod City that serves chicken inasal — are affixed with a public sink for patrons to wash before and after enjoying their meal.

Chicken Inasal is usually ordered in piecemeal, with restaurants having the parts and their respective prices displayed on a signboard menu. Of course leg, wing, and breast are featured on the menu, but also included are the heart, gizzard, neck, and (a very popular choice) the pope’s nose (the butt flap).

Today, a popular chicken franchise based on the tasty Negrense recipe has grown throughout Manila called Bacolod Chicken Inasal.

Written by Paulo Loreto

April 11, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Binondo Church

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Originally built in 1596, the Binondo Church, or the Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, stands as a historical landmark in Manila, Philippines.

After destruction in 1762, it was rebuilt in 1852; then went on to suffer more damage with subsequent wars that followed.

The church has gone through some renovations as the years have gone by and is one of the most-renowned churches in the country.

The church is named for San Lorenzo Ruiz, who became the Philippines' first saint and was canonized in 1987.

Written by Paulo Loreto

April 11, 2012 at 7:21 AM