About CHOP

The Culinary Historians of the Philippines (CHOP) is a non-profit sister organization of the Culinary Historians of Washington, D.C. (CHoWDC). We are not historians in the academic or scholarly sense; we are students of culinary history who want to give back to society through culinary-based programs. Our mission: To study, promote, and help preserve the history and heritage of Philippine cuisine and culinary customs/traditions; to implement advocacy programs; and to study the cuisines of other countries. [Your comments on our posts are most welcome.]

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

About CHOP

Who We are: The Culinary Historians of the Philippines (CHOP) is a Manila-based non-profit sister organization of the Culinary Historians of Washington, D.C. (CHoWDC). We are not historians in the academic or scholarly sense of the word; we are students of culinary history, food ways, and gastronomy who want to give back to society through culinary-based activities and advocacy programs.


The festive "palayok" (clay pot) represents the colorful history of Philippine cuisine, with all the various influences distilled into a truly unique culinary culture. We believe that what we learn about the past should inspire the present and the future of our own cuisine.


[including a visit to PANADERIA LOLA GLO] 
Saturday, September 23, 2017 (2:00-5:00pm)
A lecture by award winning writers, Amy Uy and Jenny Orillos, co-authors of "PANADERIA--Philippine Bread, Biscuit and Bakery Traditions;" includes a visit to Panaderia Lola Glo and ancestral home tour & meal at the home of Tomas Mapua, the first registered Filipino architect.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

"Don't Tell My Lola" Dinner/Lecture by Chef Sherwin Tee. August 19, 2017

“Don’t Tell My Lola,” a pop-up, Tsinoy Food Memories of Chef Sharwin Tee
At Chef Wayan’s Gourmet Gypsy Art Café, Quezon City.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

"SEASONS OF SALT" - A Special Screening & Open Forum; book signing of Chef Tatung's "Rice to the Occasion"

CHOP hosted this event in collaboration with the Ortigas Foundation Library, on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The special screening, open forum, and book signing were followed by refreshments generously provided by the following sponsors: Mama Sita Foundation, Aro-en Gourmet Salt, Holy Crop Rice and Coffee, Destileria Limtuaco, and Foresight Publishing. [Photo credits: Chef Tatung & Ige Ramos.]

Post-event write-up by Ige Ramos, President of CHOP:
It was a very interesting afternoon of profound discussion on the state of Filipino food where two primary ingredients used in Philippine cuisine were presented: salt, in the documentary film “Seasons of Salt,” and rice, in the book “Rice to the Occasion,” both produced by Chef Tatung Sarthou as he was the special guest today, at the Culinary Historians of the Philippines’ event in partnership with the Ortigas Foundation Library.

Friday, March 24, 2017

"NAMETS," A Film Showing; Saturday, April 1, 2017, Ortigas Foundation Library

CHOP Film Showing 
(In partnership with the Ortigas Foundation Library (OFL) c/o John Silva)
Show date:       April 1, 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING, Saturday, January 14, 2017, Ted's Private Garden Restaurant, Sta. Cruz, Laguna

The Annual Membership Meeting coincided with our Food Tour of Laguna. The quorum requirement was fulfilled, and the outgoing President, Pia Lim-Castillo, officially handed over the leadership to the incoming President, Ige Ramos. Prior to the meeting, Pia emailed to all members the following documents: (1) Minutes of the Executive Board Meeting held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017; (2) President’s Report for the year 2016; and (3) Proxy Statement for quorum purposes.

CHOP Executive Board, 2017 - 2019:
Seated, L to R:  Alvin Lim (Vice President); Vicky Yu (Treasurer); Ige Ramos (Incoming President; and
Pia Lim-Castillo (Outgoing President)
Standing, L to R:  Inez Reyes (Secretary); Nanette Medina (Vice-President, Advocacy);
Susie Fong (Legal Counsel); and Regee Newport (Founding President)

STA. CRUZ., LAGUNA FOOD TOUR, Saturday, January 14, 2017

This was CHOP's first food tour for 2017; we also held our Annual Membership Meeting during the tour.


6:00am                        Depart Makati
                                    Calamba exit via South Luzon Express Way 

8:00am-9:30am           Arrive Ted’s (Private Garden) Santa Cruz, Laguna 
                                          >Annual CHOP Meeting  
                                          >Breakfast c/o Chefs Day Salonga, Mon Urbano and Gel Salonga
                                    15 min drive (national highway)

9:30am-9:45am          Santa Cruz 
>Visit Kesong Puti maker (For those not going back to Ted’s in the afternoon, you may already pick up your kesong puti here.  Please bring a cooler.)

9:45am-10:30am         Pila Heritage Town 
                                          >a brief history of Pila by Ms. Cora Relova
                                          >inside Relova Ancestral House 
                                          >visit San Antonio de Padua Church
                                    30 min drive (national highway)

11:00am-11:45am       Victoria                                               
                                          >Visit Itlog na Maalat maker and Salted egg Shopping
Victoria is known as the “Duck raising capital of the Philippines”. Most of the Balut and Salted Egg that are being sold in Pateros are from this town. Famous also for kinulob na itik.                                                          
                                    30 min drive (national highway)

1:00pm: 3:00pm          Lunch at Aurora
                                           >Prepared by Chefs Mon and Day 
Minanok at Maruya
Enselada Santa Cruz
Pesang Dalag
Gata 3 ways: Ginataang Kanduli, Sinugnong Tilapia & Tinagang Palos
Kinulob na Itik
Inalamangang Baboy
Unlimited Rice =)
1 Round Tamarind Juice
Dessert Buffet : ( Tablea Choco Cake, 2015 PDI’s Best Dessert-
Brazo de Fernando, Bibingka Cheesecake, Sagobe

3:35pm                        Liliw
                                          >Visit Liliw Church
      Parokya ng San Juan Bautista was completed in 1646. The church is known for its red bricked façade and baroque architecture.

                                          >Visit Uraro maker (Arrowroot cookies)
                                          >Tsinelas shopping
                                          Liliw is known for shoes and slippers industry. 

**5:00pm                     “Necessity Stopover” at Ted’s Kitchen (OPTIONAL) 
                                          before heading to Manila (Comfort Room)

5:30 pm                       Return to Manila

Monday, December 12, 2016

CHOWDC MEETING in WASHINGTON, D.C., December 12, 2016

Regee Newport attended the December 12, 2016 meeting of CHoWDC (Culinary Historians of Washington, DC ) CHOP's sister organization the U.S.

The afternoon's feature was a very interesting lecture by Dr. Libby O'Connell, an executive at The History Channel, on the cuisine of the Gilded Days (late 19th century). As usual, the session was well-attended, with many first-time guests registering for membership after the meeting.

Members brought goodies to snack on for the afternoon tea. It was great to see old friends again after our long absence from meetings. I got the chance to briefly talk about CHOP. I try to attend their meetings whenever I'm in D.C.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

'CROPS OF OPPRESSION" LECTURE & DEGUSTATION DINNER, November 12, 2016, Chef Jessie's at Rockwell

CHOP's Last Get-Together for 2016

"Crops of Oppression" Lecture by Ige Ramos, and Degustation Dinner by Chef Jessie Sincioco at her Rockwell Cub Restaurant.

An evening full of fun, food, learning, and love.

Heartfelt Kudos and thanks to our Generalissima Pia Lim-Castillo for organizing and orchestrating this very successful last event of the year for CHOP. 

Saturday, November 5, 2016

THANK YOU DINNER, Pia's Home, November 5, 2016

THANK YOU DINNER (honoring those who helped at CHOP's events in 2016),
November 5, 2017, at Pia's lovely home

CHOP'S Board of Directors hosted a delightful potluck dinner last night for all the movers and shakers who were instrumental in the successes of CHOP's food tours and events during 2016. The dinner was held at the lovely home of our President, "Generalissima" Pia Lim-Castillo.

The occasion was also a fitting time to announce that our next President beginning next year is none other than our beloved Ige Ramos, continuing CHOP's super lucky streak in having at its helm excellent leaders in the culinary heritage field.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

LIPA, BATANGAS FOOD TOUR, Saturday, September 17, 2016


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Marian Orchard Shrine (8:30-9:30)
Let’s start our tour in a serene Marian shrine. Have a welcome snack of Lipa bonete and pan de sal filled with kesong puti, Lipa honey and burong paho paired with kapeng barako and salabat. Tour the grounds, say a prayer in their chapel, and imagine your next Visita Iglesia here.

Travel to The Taal Lake Conservation Center (TLCC) & “KAPUSOD”

Taal Lake Conservation Center (10:00-11:30)
Located right on the shore of Taal Lake. After two short talks and personal stories on Lipa history and culture as well as on Lipa as “The Little Rome of the Philippines,” by Lipena CHOP members Inez Reyes and Nanette Medina.
Take a break and have a “pica-pica” (bite size tasting) snack of Lipa bibingka, suman haba, suman dapa and puto with latik – washed down with cold sinturis juice.
Enjoy another interesting talk on Taal Lake conservation and the slow food movement by Lipena Atty Maria Paz “Ipat” Luna Severino, who also owns “Kapusod,” a bed and breakfast right beside TLCC.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

PAMPANGA FOOD TOUR, Saturday, August 13, 2016

Dateline Angeles, Pampanga, one stormy Saturday in August 2016.

A total of 54 brave souls refused to be intimated by the threat of rains and flooding in the Pampanga area, and proceeded with the planned food tour; they did not regret it.

CHOP considers itself very lucky indeed, because the whole tour was painstakingly organized by none other than the renowned Chef Sau del Rosario, with the much-appreciated collaboration of Chef Edith Singian (we are proud to say both are CHOP members). The result was the largest group that CHOP has ever assembled before (we've had to turn down late registrants as the quota was quickly filled), and the most incredible day of learning about Pampanga's cuisine and indulging in not one, but two fiesta-like meals--a heavy brunch and then a late, heavier, lunch. On offer was Chef Sau's signature Kapmpangan dishes as well as other local delicacies, sweet and savory alike.There were also several cooking demos of Kapampangan fare. 

Owing to the bad weather and threats of flooding in some areas of Pampanga, Chef Sau had to reconfigure the planned itinerary, cancelling those events in venues that had already flooded (among them Bacoor, Mexico, Guagua, and Candaba). We got lucky in that Angeles City, Chef Sau's hometown, was not flooded; it was where the planned two main meals were going to be held -- the brunch at Chef Sau's elegant restaurant, Cafe Fleur, and the proper lunch at the ancestral Museum of Angeles City.

Headlining this post are some of the group photos:

The 45 participants, at the entrance of Cafe Fleur, after the big BRUNCH.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

MALABON TRICYLE TOUR, Saturday, April 30, 2016

A unique tour tailor-made by CHOP member Chef Melissa Oreta just for CHOP, the group went from one stop to the next in tricycles (on account of the small roads). Morning assembly was at the Baroque San Bartolome Church which was built in 1564. 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

ANTIPOLO FOOD TOUR, Saturday, April 2, 2016

This was a full day of communing with God and nature.

First stop was the Nuestra Señora de la Annunciata Parish, also known as Boso Boso Church, the oldest church in Antipolo; it was first built in the late 16th century. 

Next stop was Carolina's Bamboo Garden, a vast expanse devoted to indigenous and exotic varieties of bamboos, whose focal point was the "Bambuseum," a gene bank conservation area for various bamboo species.

Sunday, February 7, 2016


(Second event for 2016)
Saturday, February 20, 2016, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Maya Kitchens
Liberty Flour Mills Building, 8th Floor
835 Arnaiz Ave. (formerly Pasay Rd.), Legaspi Village

Sunday, January 31, 2016

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING, Saturday, January 30, 2016, Serye Restaurant, Quezon City

Saturday, January 30, 2016, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Serye Restaurant, Quezon City Memorial Circle

President Pia Castillo presiding at the meeting. See more photos at the end of this post.


1.      Welcome to New Members   - Pia
         Other Membership Matters
-        Membership Dues
-        Signing of SEC’s Red Book

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

QUEZON CITY TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT, Saturday, January 30, 2016

Message sent to all Members 
by CHOP President Pia Lim-Castillo
December 28, 2015

Happy New Year to everyone and wishing you a memorable turnover.

Our first event for 2016 is both a food trip around Quezon City and we will end up with our annual meeting at Serye and have a traditional merienda before heading home.

As it will be our annual meeting, we would like to seek the proxies of those who will not be able to make it.  This is to ensure that we will have a quorum.  Please fill in and email.  As in the past, we accept email proxies.  You may just email this filled in proxy to me at any time.

QUEZON CITY CULTURAL & FOOD TOUR, Saturday, January 30, 2016


Saturday, January 30, 2016


8am - 11am           Meet at the Quezon Heritage House
                                    [Inside the QC Memorial Circle, close to the East Ave. entrance]
                                             Visit the Joy of Urban Farming 
                                             Visit the Quezon City Museum

2016 Membership Dues Flyer

(sent to all CHOP members)

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Lecture/Dinner: CHOP Annual End-of-Year Banquet, November 14, 2015

Saturday, November 14, 2015
6:00pm to 9:00pm


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Food Tour, Mid-Autumn Festival in Binondo, Chinatown (Latest Update)

Mid-Autumn Festival in Binondo, Chinatown - Latest Update
Saturday, September 26, 2015; 12 Noon to 4:00 pm

To:      All CHOP Members 
From:  Pia Lim-Castillo, President, CHOP
September 11, 2015

Subject:  CHOP Food Tour:  Mid-Autumn Festival in Binondo, Chinatown, 
               Saturday, September 26, 2015; 12 Noon to 4:00 pm

Hi everyone,

Last year, we went to Chinatown before Chinese New Year to see the preparations for the most important event in the Chinese calendar, also known as the Spring Festival.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Food Tour: Mid-Autumn Festival in Binondo, Chinatown - Save the Date!

Mid-Autumn Festival in Chinatown - Save the Date!
Saturday, September 26, 2015

From:  Pia Lim-Castillo, President, CHOP
To:      All CHOP Members
August 24, 2015

Subject:  CHOP Food Trip:  Mid-Autumn Festival in Chinatown, Saturday, September 26, 2015

Friday, July 10, 2015

Informal Board Meeting, July 9, 2015

Held at the Manila Polo Club, 10:30 am

      Pia Lim-Castillo
      Alvin Reyes Lim
      Nanette Medina
      Ige Ramos
      Regee Newport

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Lecture/Seminar, Promoting Pinoy Food on Social Media, August 1, 2015, Aguinaldo Shrine, Kawit, Cavite

[This posting is in the process of being updated. Thanks for your patience.]

Following is the latest announcement sent out by Pia to the membership on July 11, 2015:

Food Tour, A Taste of Negros, July 24-26, 2015

[The text below is in the process of being updated, and the photos will be posted soon; please visit CHOP's Facebook group page for the posts on the tour. Many thanks for your patience.]

"A TASTE OF NEGROS"  -  This is the first time that CHOP will venture as far as a plane ride away to the land of smiles:  BACOLOD. We will be hosted and led by CHOP's husband-and-wife team, Tom and Mitch Bascon, who will bring us through Bacolod, Silay, and Talisay in two full days on Saturday and Sunday. The tour will include a market tour, food demonstrations, meals at several establishments, and shopping for pasalubongs. Airfare and accommodations will be to the individual’s account, and only the internal tour-related costs will be covered by the fee to be charged. Additional details will be sent to the membership as soon as they are confirmed. 

Food Tour, Ubud Food Festival, Bali, Indonesia, June 5, 6 & 7, 2015

Six CHOP members plus one friend (Pia Lim-Castillo, Regee Newport, Nanette Medina, Beth Romualdez, Ige Ramos, Ginny Roces-De Guzman, and Ginny Mata) traveled to Ubud in Bali, to participate in the inaugural Ubud Food Festival, a three-day celebration of the richness and diversity of Indonesian culinary culture, serving up a program rich in food mythology, authenticity and taste. The program featured at least 15 Cooking Demonstrations; 15 free Food Forums; 12 Workshops and Masterclasses; 14 Special Events, Book Launches and Wine Tastings; 2 guided visits to the local Markets; 2 Film Screenings; and a memorable Closing Night Party.
L to R:  Nanette Medina, Ginny Roces-De Guzman, Pia Lim-Castillo, Beth Romualdez, Regee Newport, and Ige Ramos. (Missing from the photo:  Ginny Mata)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Food Tour, Cavite Midlands/Rice Routes, March 14, 2015

Food Tour, San Pablo, Laguna, January 24, 2015

San Pablo, Laguna Food Tour
January 24, 2014

Membership/Election Meeting, January 17, 2015 (S. Forbes, Makati)

Food Anthropology Lecture & Sunset Dinner, November 9, 2014 (100 Revolving Restaurant, Eastwood)

Food Anthropology Lecture & Sunset Dinner
100 Revolving Restaurant, MDC Building
Eastwood, Quezon City
Sunday, November 9, 2014

At this Lecture/Dinner (the last of our events in 2014), we will try to piece together many concepts about our Filipino Food Identity with Dr. Fernando Zialcita, a Doctor of Anthropology at the Ateneo de Manila University. He will give a presentation on why our culinary heritage is invisible, even to us.  And as the light of the day changes from midday to dusk, we will watch a beautiful sunset where we will be able to see all the way to Manila Bay. To shutterbugs, please bring your cameras so you can take photos and have cocktails prior to the lecture. Dinner will start at dusk while we are seated in the revolving area of the restaurant, where our sights will change as we view the cityscapes of Makati, Taguig, Antipolo, and Marikina down to Manila. By the time dinner ends, you will have had a 360-degree view of Metro Manila and beyond.

Informal Board Meeting, August 28, 2014 (Lugang Restaurant, MegaMall)

Items for Discussion - Planning for 2015:

1.         General Meeting/Election (set the date in January 2015)

2.         Food Tours
-           Cavite Midlands or Highlands (c/o Ige)
-           Iloilo
-           Pampanga (c/o Salie Naguiat)
-           Taal lake towns (c/o Dindo Montenegro
-           Lipa (c/o Nanette)

Coconut Oil Lecture, August 16, 2014 (N. Forbes Pavilion)

Our two distinguished and renowned scientists/experts in their fields, Dr. Fabian (Toby) M. Dayrit and Dr. Vermen Verallo-Rowell, took us on an enlightening journey through the facts and falsehoods of fats in food and the scientific validation of the health benefits of coconut oil and the coconut as a whole, the perfect health nut.

They effectively debunked the myth that the fats in coconut are bad for your health; on the contrary, scientific studies have shown that coconut oil is cholesterol-free, trans-fat-free, and heart-healthy. The saturated fats in

Food Tour, Bulacan, April 9, 2014

A smashing success of a food tour. This is CHOP's third food tour of the year, and we went to Bulacan (Bulakan and Malolos), and learned a lot about (and tasted) their amazing cuisine and its history.

Our heartfelt thanks to our amazing Bulakenya (and CHOP member) Rheeza Hernandez and her team (Roly Marcelino, Bing Tubid, Marichell Santos, Rapsody Magbanua, Rheeza's hubby Jonathan Hernandez, Naty Ocampo-Castro, Boyet & Nina Enriquez, Sir Dez Bautista, and Makata Jeremy Lord Mercado Dancil) for making

Reunion of Yolanda Fundraiser Organizers, April 3, 2014 (Swiss Residence)

Clockwise, from left:  JJ Yulo, Regee Newport, Gracita Sieber, Gretchen Consunji-Lim, Erwin Lizarondo, Nora Tolentino, Amy Besa, Ige Ramos, Pia Lim-Castillo, and Alvin Reyes Lim.
The core organizers of the very successful November 20, 2013 Fundraising Dinner for Typhoon Yolanda victims, in which CHOP collaborated with Amy Besa (of Ang Sariling Atin Culinary Heritage Foundation), the Swiss Ambassador to the Philippines, Ivo Sieber, and his wife, Gracita Tolentino Sieber, got together for a mini-reunion dinner hosted by CHOP member Gracita Tolentino Sieber at the Swiss Residence. The evening was filled with a joyful reminiscing of the big success of

Informal Board Meeting, March 13, 2014 (Manila Polo Club)

Meeting at the Polo Club
March 13, 2014

Food Tour, Coastal Cavite, March 1, 2014

Coastal Cavite Food Tour
March 1, 2014

TV/Radio Interview with Lisa Macuja, February 10, 2014

Membership/Election Meeting, February 8, 2014 (Serye Restaurant, Eastwood)