FoodPrints with Sandy Daza in Laguna

FoodPrints Laguna

Chef Sandy Daza continues his FoodPrints adventure in San Pablo, Laguna, roughly 88 km south of Manila. A city with an even-tempered personality, San Pablo is also known as “The City of Seven Lakes”.

Where there are lakes, there are bountiful forests. And where there are bountiful forests, culinary creativity is sparked.

Lake Sampaloc, San Pablo, LagunaSandy Daza in San Pablo, Laguna

Airing on Sunday, June 28, at 8pm on the Lifestyle Network, FoodPrints Laguna will take you to placid locales. Soft morning sunshine kicks in energy as Chef Sandy learns the ways of Lake Pandin. What better way to revel in nature than with locals! He moves on to the core of the city and gets a blend of arts, culture and heritage, uncovers new interesting food, gains an acquaintance with indigenous produce, plus the myriad of ways to use their revered coconut. Welcoming him into their kitchens are former magazine editor An Mercado Alcantara, fashion designer Patis Tesoro, who has found home in San Pablo, and the creative couple behind a little gem of a farm, among others. Appetite editor-in-chief Nina-Daza Puyat is once again taking the time out to join her brother Sandy.

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FoodPrints with Sandy Daza: From the cobbled streets of Vigan to the back road of Ilocos Sur

FoodPrints Ilocos Sur

If you will remember, Chef Sandy Daza began his FoodPrints journey in Ilocos Norte. On Season 3, he goes to neighboring Ilocos Sur to dig deeper into the humble Ilocano “banga”.

Casa CaridadLocal Flavors of Ilocos Sur

Ilocos Sur has a truly interesting history. Many say the province throws back the entire history of the country because it has done a splendid job in preserving heritage.

The province’s cuisine is a fusion of ancient native and adopted traditions. To narrow it down, the Vigan cuisine alone is alone in many ways. The Vigan empanada and pipian, for example, are all theirs.

From storied Vigan, Sandy goes further to search the best bagnet and discovers “chicharon” and so much more along the road.

Vigan Bagnet

Tune in to FoodPrints on the Lifestyle Network on May 17 and May 24 (Sundays), 8PM, for the Ilocos Sur episodes. Sabsabali!

You might spot me there:)

Vigan Empanada and OkoyFoodPrints Ilocos Sur with Chef Sandy Daza (photo with Edmaration)Bistro 23Chef Sandy and Sta. Maria ChicharonDardarat Fishing VillageBounties of the SeaSandy Daza makes balicuchaVigan TortaBungro Ice CreamRoyal BibingkaPaella NegraDudolAbuos Pizza by Chef Nic RodriguezWho else can think of making abuos pizza?

Photo 6 by Edmar Guquib
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Vigan Living: Casa Caridad


Renowned for its old world charm, Vigan (a designated UNESCO world heritage site), in the new millennium, has multiplied its efforts to preserve the historic town. It also recently made the New7Wonder Cities.

One of Vigan’s sons, tycoon Jose “Bonito” Singson, is so passionate about heritage preservation. He welcomed his longtime friend and FoodPrints host, Sandy Daza, and the team into his nest. A Vigan house so splendidly restored — a mix of Spanish Colonial, Chinese and Ilocano influences, the details very quiet, making personal memoirs and portraits and his daughter’s artworks stand out.

The Resident of Casa CaridadPias (Kamias)

The first time we were at Casa Caridad,  his house named after his late mother, he treated us to cocktails – the finest Ilocano nosh of “bogi ti Semana Santa”, ipon with capers, fresh oysters in the shell, fine wine and pias with salt to keep us up.

The next day, at the actual shoot of Sandy and Bonito’s trusted cook, manang Tita Mendoza, a historical spread unfolded. As a blogger, I’ve always aimed to experience Ilocano food from a different perspective. Hoping to blog about the food of Vigan separately and completely soon. Meanwhile you should watch the FoodPrints Vigan and Ilocos Sur episodes to see what I mean.

With so much thanks to Bonito Singson.

Sabong ti KarabasaFoodPrints Ilocos Sur BTSChef Sandy Daza in ViganBaldoza-TiledStained GlassA Vigan HouseVigan SweetsSampling Vigan’s Spanish influenced canatillo, turones de mani and balicucha.MaseteriaPiedra ChinaPiedra ChinaVintage Moviehouse SeatsIf you will notice, we were actually seating on vintage moviehouse chairs.AtriumA Vigan house like no otherIndayonPink Garden

Stained glass photo by Nikki Alfonso, hammock and door photos by Christine Rae de Leon and movie, Vigan sweets and second photo by Melanie de Leon.
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