FoodPrints with Chef Sandy Daza in Iloilo and Guimaras

FoodPrints with Sandy Daza in Iloilo

The Filipino food culture is so diverse, with a very colorful history indeed, that there’s more than meets the eye.

Next to Baguio, Chef Sandy Daza’s adventure in Iloilo and Guimaras unearths the islands’ best kept secrets. The Ilonggo cooking lexicon teems with age-old words. We will get to feast our eyes on a traditional tabuan fare, prepared by Chef Tibong Jardeleza, and get to know what KBL means to Ilonggos.


On the other side of centuries-old recipes that give prominence and so much character to Ilonggo food, individual creative ingenuity lends additional life to the local food scene. Take the case of batchoy, no two names are the same.

FoodPrints Iloilo and Gumaras will surely excite the foodie in you. April 19 and 26 (Sundays) at 8 PM on the Lifestyle Network.

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More Photos from Iloilo

The Molo Church and a prayer

This coming Sunday, Season 3 of the top-rating FoodPrints food travelogue show of Chef Sandy Daza is premiering at 8 PM on the Lifestyle Network. Baguio was exciting even behind the scenes. Before I leave tomorrow for yet another FoodPrints shoot, here are more photos from Iloilo. But Iloilo is so photographable, so expect more in the days to come. I haven’t even posted all the food we experienced.

I also had my own personal discoveries like the KBL, dinuguan and kilawin of Breakthrough,  puto lanson (cassava puto), a great gelato place at the Plazuela de Iloilo, BongBong’s piaya from my fellow blogger and friend Asunta, and I regret not buying more pastries from the Panaderia de Iloilo. Their hojaldres and rosquetes are super and the goat milk barquillos are better than your average barquillos. And how can one ever forget Maridel’s?

Aside from century-old recipes, Iloilo is known for heritage churches. Chef Pauline, Chef Sandy Daza’s guest, had a cooking demo right in front of the Molo Church. If you didn’t catch my Jaro Church post, here’s the link. The province is also known for a string of grand festivals. We caught the energy of the Paraw Regatta dance competition, but Dinagyang is still the grandest of them all, says our guide.

Many thanks to our wonderful hosts and tour guides.

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Some photos by Ian Jorda, Poks Madrid, Asunta Rufino and Melanie de Leon
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Iloilo’s Jewel that is Jaro

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My week-long sojourn with Chef Sandy Daza and FoodPrints in Iloilo, an enigmatic destination in Western Visayas, was fruitful, as proven true that culture is the widening of the mind and the spirit. Iloilo, a part of Panay Islands, at first glance, is quaint and quiet. The more time you spend time tracing its local food culture, the more you will appreciate what an elegant past it had.

In between takes in Jaro, I escaped to take photos of historical places such as the Jaro Cathedral, where the Nuestra Señora de Candelaria curiously stands outside and not inside the church, also Casa Mariquit (just one of the many ancestral houses in Iloilo and only a few meters away from the Graciano Lopez Jaena Plaza), where the late former Illonggo VP Fernando Lopez spent part of his life. Lopez is etched in my memory because he was part of Ilocano former President Marcos’ administration.

Casa Mariquit

Jaro, according to Ian Jorda, our very knowledgeable local guide connected with Panay Tours, was the old past’s affluent district. Family names in Jaro commonly had the ‘Ja’ as the initial syllable, like Javellana, Jalandoni, etc. We visited an eponymous garden restaurant, owned by awesome chef, Rafael “Tibong” Jardeleza II. He prepared a traditional tabuan spread, inspired by the bounties of Iloilo. (Check back a specific post soon.)

Breads and pastries in Jaro, made from heirloom recipes, also speak much about Iloilo’s impressive history. Molo, another district, has its own stories to tell as well.

Iloilo, as it turned out, is one pleasurable destination south of Manila. The province is so rich in character and soul.

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Thanks to Iggy Bilbao for FoodPrints team photos and Melanie de Leon for photos with Chef Tibong Jardeleza and Panaderia ni Pa-a box.
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