IN PHOTOS: Marcoses launch Imeldifique cooking wine

MANILA – This cooking wine is named after former first lady Imelda Marcos.

The Ilocos Norte second district congresswoman accompanied her two children – Ilocos Norte governor Imee Marcos and Senator Bongbong Marcos – in launching the Imeldifique cooking wine at Victorino’s restaurant in Quezon City on Tuesday night.

Also unveiled during the well-attended event were two other wines from Ilocos – the Vigan Basi sugar cane wine, and the Dragon Fire, which is made from dragon fruit.

There is also “Naimas,” a book by Ilocos Sur vice governor DV Savellano, chef Heny Sison and photographer Neal Oshima on the province’s food heritage.

During the program, Imee said she hopes the new wines will augment the profits of Ilocano farmers, who face challenges brought about by climate change and fluctuating garlic prices.

“The real challenge is braving the new normal that is climate change, which has impacted agriculture in more ways than one, good and bad… They (farmers) are looking for ways to sell their products. Dragon Fire, a value-added product for dragon fruit, is one of them,” she said.

Expressing pride in the Imeldifique cooking wine, which blends Ilocano garlic and onions with alcohol, she added: “Andiyan na ang lahat ng ating mga produkto galing sa Norte. In-infuse sa alcohol. At kung sino man ang hindi marunong magluto, o tinatamad, o nagmamadali, isang buhos lang ng Imeldifique eh talagang Imeldifique na ‘yung lasa.”

Expect to see the new wines and the Ilocos-themed book to be available in leading stores nationwide.

View the slideshow to get a glimpse of the launch.

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Victorino’s restaurant in Quezon City is all set for the launch of Imeldifique, Vigan Basi, Dragon Fire and the “Naimas” book. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for

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