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16 April 2024, Singapore – The Philippine Embassy in Singapore, in collaboration with Feast Asia of the Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel (GMRH) Singapore, launched the Philippine Salo-Salo: A Culinary Celebration of Filipino Heritage with a preview dinner on 12 April 2024. The event, which will run until 21 April, is being held to celebrate the Filipino Food Month or Buwan ng Kalutong Pilipino with the theme “Engaging the Youth in Shaping the Future of Philippine Culinary Heritage and Gastronomy,” and National Literature Month (NLM) with the theme “Ang Panitikan at Kapayapaan” this April. The launch also served as the kick-off event for the year-long activities to commemorate the 55th anniversary of Philippines-Singapore diplomatic relations.

GMRH first featured Filipino cuisine in its buffet in June 2015. Due to a great reception among its Filipino and Singaporean clientele, the hotel management decided to collaborate once again with the Philippine Embassy for a second iteration.

In his message, Embassy Chargé d’ Affaires Dr. Emmanuel R. Fernandez said that, “The Filipino tradition of salo-salo epitomizes communal dining, deeply rooted in the country’s rich history and culture.” Salo-salo, which literally translates to “get together,”embodies the Filipino spirit of togetherness and hospitality. It revolves around enjoying delicious food, whether it is a humble, home-cooked meal passed down through generations or a diverse culinary feast. 

Attending the launch were members of the diplomatic community, including the Ambassadors of Malaysia, Thailand, Timor-Leste, USA, and Vietnam; institutional partners and collaborators of the Embassy; media and local food bloggers, and the hotel’s regular patrons. Music provided by Singapore-based Filipino talents from TAF Productions complemented the buffet. 

Especially curated by Filipino chef Edward Lim Esmero, Executive Chef and co-director of My Little Spanish Place, and Feast Asia’s Executive Chef Lester Wang, diners can partake of authentic Filipino cuisine and experience Filipino culture through this offering. Adult diners also get to taste Emperador brandy from Emperador Distillers, Inc., the Philippines’ largest liquor company.

Throughout the Philippine Salo-Salo, guests and patrons will have the opportunity to indulge in an array of authentic Filipino dishes, from savory classics like adobo, sinigang na baboy, lechon, lumpiang shanghai, kare-kare, caldereta, ginataang sugpo, pancit bihon, chicken mami; to mouthwatering desserts such as halo-halo, ginataang bilo-bilo, turon, maja blanca, leche flan, and puto. The Salo-Salo promises to delight taste buds and evoke the warmth and hospitality of the Philippines.

During weekends, visitors and dining guests are treated to  pop-up booths featuring products by Filipino entrepreneurs and brands such as Maison Inabel, Chokmah, Prime Food Marketing, Filshopper SG and Campfire Crates. They may also participate in workshops and activities organized by the Philippine Embassy in collaboration with KJEM Brilliant Kidz Academy, renowned Filipino author Ms. Claire Betita de Guzman, Lechon Republic, Coffee Estacion, Chokmah, and Migrant Writers in Singapore.

The ten-day lunch and dinner buffet promotion from 12 to 21 April 2024 will be capped off with an acoustic performance from Joanne Ongkeko and Rex Manguiat. Event styling, including the pop-up booths, was done by Estilo & Co. Events.

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