Even in today’s digital age, where so-called Facebook events can garner likes in the thousands, events in the Philippines are still relevant because of the experience they offer and the different ways it stimulates the senses: sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste.

Part of that experience, naturally, comes from the food that’s being served.

For Pinoy-themed events such as a Laboracay fiesta, food choices become even more important. Meals are central to Philippine culture; all important milestones are celebrated with copious amounts of edibles. If you want to serve Pinoy food at an event, here are our top picks to appear on the menu.

Lechon

Lechon

Naturally, lechon gets first mention. Iconic and an amazing centerpiece for banquets, suckling pig is prepared in almost the same way throughout the entire archipelago: roasted over an open pit.  Fortunately, slight regional variations can change the flavor significantly. Use this variety to please your guests.

Kare-Kare

Kare-kare

One of the most popular origins of kare-kare states that it was created by Indians who stayed after the English occupation of Manila. It was originally curry, but when the spices became hard to source, they began using native ingredients for flavor. Whatever its real beginnings, kare-kare has become a Filipino favorite with amazing variations of flavor as different households developed their own distinct recipes.

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Pansit

The Chinese-inspired dish is a mainstay in Filipino festivities, with the long noodles traditionally a signifier of long life and good health. An event can serve the many different types and leave no taste bud wanting due to their extensive range of flavors, textures, and smells.

Lumpia

Lumpia

Spring rolls are incredibly versatile finger food. Whether you need them as appetizers or dessert, the many varieties of lumpia can be prepared to accommodate any preference. It’s a no-brainer choice for Pinoy-themed cocktails.

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Pinaputok na Isda

As an archipelago, seafood is an inseparable part of the Pinoy palate. Pinaputok na isda is simple—grilled fish stuffed with tomatoes, onions, and ginger—but the flavors are unforgettable. A simple change in the type of fish or the ingredients used make this endlessly versatile.

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Kakanin

What’s a menu without a dessert? Kakanin or rice cakes is the ultimate Filipino sweet treat. The different regional varieties make for a colorful centerpiece in any buffet table.

Rice

Bonus: Rice

A Pinoy-themed menu will never be complete without discussing rice. It’s omnipresent. You can’t think of having a Pinoy menu and not include rice.

Food is an integral part of the Philippine experience. When you want to share that unforgettable experience, you need to bring out the food.