MANILA – The Philippines' rich cultural history has led to an abundance of dishes unique to the country.
Some of the most popular include adobo, sinigang, lechon, pinakbet and kare-kare. Desserts such as halo-halo and purple yam (ube) have also become known not only in the Philippines but abroad.
With the variety of dishes in the country, it is not an easy task to choose a national food as part of a showcase of official Filipino cultural symbols.
This, especially as many Filipino dishes "unique" to the Philippines are actually localized versions of food originally brought to the country by colonizers and migrants.
Bohol Rep. Rene Relampagos has suggested adobo as the national food in his proposed measure declaring national symbols such as national slippers, national vehicle, national dance, and national animal, among others.
Relampagos' proposal was met with mixed reactions by Filipinos online. While some agreed that adobo should be the country's national dish, others asserted that sinigang, lechon, tinola, and balut better deserve the tag.
Others said the ubiquitous white rice is more apt, and some quipped that dried fish (tuyo) or instant noodles would be best as they are symbolic of the economic state of many Pinoys.
Despite the suggested alternatives however, netizens seemed to agree on one thing: Filipinos love their food.