Philippine Beauty

We invite you to learn more about Filipino family traditions, many other Filipino foods and fruits that are rarely known and beautiful sceneries most people barely seen and experienced, but over time, slowly becoming known worldwide.

Here’s just sharing with you, many examples of rarely seen Bicol and Filipino foods, fruits, sceneries and other things not yet known worldwide. We hope this page would lure your curiousity to explore!

Note: The header picture is taken in Virac, Catanduanes with my niece, Francesca. Background picture is a shot of El Nido, Palawan, borrowed from Unsplash, posted by Cris Tagupa.

More of our Famous Filipino Recipes

Bicol’s Pinangat

Bicol’s Pinangat

Some are confused with Laing and Pinangat. Although, the main ingredient used for both recipes are the same, which is taro leaves, with Pinangat, fresh leaves are used unlike the Laing recipe. Pinangat is compiling a layer of fresh taro leaves to...

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Popular Pinoy Breakfast Meal

Popular Pinoy Breakfast Meal

It's a combination of fried Pork Tocino, over-easy eggs, and a simple fried rice, partnered with a cup of hot coffee or hot cocoa, depending on your choice of drink with it. Filipinos oftentimes, consume heavy breakfast meals, specially those who...

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Andrew’s Pork Adobo

Andrew’s Pork Adobo

Here is Andrew's Pork Adobo recipe. You won't see any more authentic than this. Seasoned in soy sauce, vinegar and spices, with sliced strings beans added, demontrated Andrew's own twist in Filipino cooking. The savory blend of vinegar, soy sauce,...

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Andrew’s Bicol Express

Andrew’s Bicol Express

This belongs to Andrew, my nephew who passed away. It's his own version of the popular dish, Bicol Express recipe. He was a very good cook and this is one of those great cookings he made and took pictures of. He could have had more to offer, but,...

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Bulalô

Bulalô

Just one of the many tantalizing, favorite dishes in the Philippines, Bulalô is basically a stewed beef shanks and bone marrow in cabbage or pechay(bok choy), potatoes, ginger, garlic and onions, corn, fish sauce and lemon, then served with steamed...

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Pritong Galunggong, Fried Mackerel

Pritong Galunggong, Fried Mackerel

It’s called Mackerel Scad in English, Galunggong is probably the most common Philippine salt fish, although it’s also found mostly in tropical islands. Since it is common to Filipinos, it’s priced affordably and served in most Filipino meals. Fried...

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Ginataang Purupaligid

Ginataang Purupaligid

It's Purupaligid to some, or other areas in Bicol call it Purupagulong, Sigarilyas in Tagalog, and called in many terms, including “Winged Bean” in English. Reading through more information about this vegetable, shows it most likely originated in...

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Pansit Rinuguan

Pansit Rinuguan

Another one from Andrew’s recipes. This dish is called Pansit Rinuguan which is another Bicol original delicacy. It basically means that Pansit Bato noodles are immerged in cooked pork blood. It’s a strange combo, but it does taste good, believe it...

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Linagang Pisug(Lima Beans)

Linagang Pisug(Lima Beans)

This type of legume has so many names, but I believe it’s popularly known as Lima beans. Its fruits are grown in vines in tropical areas, worldwide. Bicolanos love to cook many types of vegetables, including legumes, in coconut milk, and so is Lima...

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Famous Filipino & Bicol Desserts & Snacks

Puto Bukayo

It’s an original Bicol rice pastry. I’d like to believe, Bicol makes the best Puto recipes compared to others. Puto Bukayo is served for snacks or considerably, breakfast. Puto Bukayo is made from a mixture ground, quality rice and kakanin(sweet rice) using coconut shells as the mold.

Rice is filled with bukayo(sweetened young coconut meat), molded in two halves of coconut shells, steamed to perfection, then wrapped in banana leaf prior to serving. I love and miss this type Puto a lot!

Turutalinga(Ear Shaped Cookies)

I found this posted on my Facebook timeline, and I thought it’s worth sharing. This reminds me of my childhood, when Ma would serve it for mirienda(snack). It was all she can afford. But every bite of it was worth a treasure, as a child. Seeing this posted on my timeline makes me feel nostalgic, and worth sharing a thousands times. Thanks to someone named, Wayne Lim, who probably owns the bakery store that sells this.

I honestly do not know how it’s made, but what comes out from this sweet cookies, is a combination of soft-to-bite part, which dominates most of the cookie, and then the crispy linings around it, making it appear like ears. That’s how Turutalinga(ear shaped cookies) came to be.

Balisongsong

Another Bicol original, Balisongsong is made either from ground, sticky rice or cassava(yuka) roots, although I believe most are done in sticky rice, which is better. It’s considered another type of “suman” in Tagalog.

How Balisongsong is made, is by simply mixing moistened kakanin or sticky rice with sugar, grated young coconut meat and coconut milk together, wrapping them inporions with banana leaves, then boiled till they’re ready to serve for breakfast or snack.

Sapin Sapin

My sister Aida used to master this kakanin(sticky rice cake). Sapin Sapin as it is called, is a Filipino dessert which is basically made with layers of flavored rice flour(which creates an attractive look), cooked in coconut milk, sugar and water, then topped with “Latik”.

Each layer of sticky rice is flavored differently, making the taste so palatable. The purple layer is usually made from Ube, the yellow colored part is jackfruit or orange flavored, green is pandan, and the white part is plain sugar and coconut milk. Latik is a topping made from  toasted, sweetened coconut flakes. If you check on Cathy’s Ube Halaya, the top layer of Sapin Sapin may taste similar with that of Ube Halaya.

Binutong

Truly another Bicol delicacy special! It’s called Binotong. I recall my Ma used to make the best Binutong I ever tasted! How Binutong is done is mixing coconut cream with sticky rice or kakanin, salt is applied, then wrapped with banana leaves in portions, like money bags. Each bag is tied with banana strings.

They are then immerged in water on a large pot, boiled until fully cooked. The exciting part is that coconut cream curd on top, when opened.

Millie's Special Halo-Halo

What gives you with Halo-Halo are layers of delicious tropical fruits and flavored ice cream, topping the bottom crushed ice, that’s sweetened with condensed milk. She did a great job decorating it with a sweet cherry fruit on top.

Fruits Grown in the Philippines

Bayawas, Bayabas(Guava)

Bayawas, Bayabas(Guava)

A tropical fruit known worldwide, Guavas are rich in vitamin C and Folic Acid. They vary in sizes and color from green when young, to yellow, to  pink and almost purple when ripe. They're mostly round in shape bearing thick and crispy skin...

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Kurumbut

Kurumbut

A wild type of Philippine fruit, Kurumbut fruits are sized small. They grow on vines, bears green fruits when very young, and yellow when ripened. You'll find them blooming on fences or bushes in the wilds, or forests. Just like the passion fruit,...

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Kamagong, Mabolo Fruits

Kamagong, Mabolo Fruits

Also known as velvet apple or persimmons, Kamagong(Bicol) or Mabolo(Tagalog) trees grow fruits that are round in shape, pinkish to reddish brown in color, a skin covered with velvety fur that's kind of similar to peaches. Its edible part also has...

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Langka(Jackfruit)

Langka(Jackfruit)

One of my favorite fruits! Langka in Filipino and Jackfruit in English, comes from very tall, skinny trees. They are widely cultivated throughout the tropical regions, including the Philippines. Langka as we call it, grows all over the Bicol...

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Bugnay

Bugnay

I recall our next door neighbor having a Bugnay tree on their front yard when I was in high school. My best friend and I used to climb it as high as we could, just to be able to pick the best tasting, ripe ones. A Bugnay tree can grow as tall as...

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Ripe Papaya Fruit

Ripe Papaya Fruit

Popularly known worldwide. They are native to Mexico and the northern South America, but oveall, they grow in tropical regions. Filipinos grow 3 types of papayas. They come in small to large sizes, with round to cylindrical in shapes. Its edible...

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Durian

Durian

A Durian fruit is widely known for its distinctively pungent odor that may be pleasantly sweet to some, but overpoweringly bad to others. Like the jackfruits, Durian is also protected with thorn-like pulp, but unlike jackfruits, Durians are not...

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Philippine Mangoes

Philippine Mangoes

We have the best tasting, Mangoes one can ever indulge in, ever! I’m proud to say nothing compares. Mangoes grow in any tropical areas, but the Philippines have a few kinds that taste heavenly, as one foreigner said. The top 3 of the most popular...

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Lanzones

Lanzones

Popularly known as Lanzones in the Philippines, this fruit has a few designated names given by other Southeast Asian countries. They grow on trees that can reach up to 98 feet. Lanzones is similar to grapes when it grows its fruits, they bear...

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Bungran Bananas, Lakatan, Lacatan, Bunguran

Bungran Bananas, Lakatan, Lacatan, Bunguran

It's called Bunguran or Bungran bananas in Bicol, but it's nationally known as Lakatan in the Philippines. It's perhaps the most popular type of banana worldwide. This banana is a great source for healthy nutritional values which makes it one of...

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Latundan Bananas, Batag na Latundan

Latundan Bananas, Batag na Latundan

While Lakatan or Bungran is longer, a Latundan banana provides a shorter but fatter form of edible flesh. Its skin is thinner in texture, light yellow in color when ripe, but deliciously sweet to taste. Its flesh is more white in color, it tastes...

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Baligang Fruits

Baligang Fruits

Round fruits that grow like the size of marbles or bigger, they are red when young, then they turn purple to black when ripened. Baligang fruits mostly grown in the central part of the Bicol region, and indigenous to the Philippines. They are also...

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