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Located in Southeast Asia, the Philippines is comprised of over 7,000 islands, although only a handful are populated. The typical Filipino kitchen regularly employs a wide variety of seafood, rice, vegetables, and exotic fruit like guapple (a guava-apple hybrid) and the infamously smelly durian. And, of course, many Filipinos have quite the affinity for coconut, used not only in desserts like maja blanca (coconut cake), but also as a unique accent to many savory dishes. In 1521, the explorer Magellan came upon the Philippines, and, soon after, the country fell under three centuries of Spanish colonial rule. Today, over 80% of the population is Roman Catholic, and Filipinos proudly engage in one of the longest Christmas celebrations in the world. Lechon, a whole pig roasted over burning coals, is a rare holiday treat for many families. But perhaps the most beloved food item in the Philippines is patis, an extremely salty, pungent fish sauce that’s liberally added to many Filipino dishes during cooking, and is also a common condiment.
 

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Home Town: San Juan, National Capital Region, Philippines
Living In: Berkeley, California, USA
About me:
Who says college students eat nothing but cup noodles and take-out? Well, okay, so that was essentially me a year ago--but not anymore! Now I'm making chicken pot pies and my own wontons. I never realized how much money I could save by making everything myself. :) It also doesn't hurt that I'm apparently not a complete disaster in the kitchen.

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Living In: Antipolo City, Rizal, Philippines
About me: Hi! I'm Julia Antonio. A culinary student of Lyceum of the Philippines University. I'm 20 years old. I'm a big fan of food and I started my cooking journey when I was in grade sch…
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Living In: Stevenson Ranch, California, USA
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About me: Retired from the corporate and now owns Li'l Cakes and More. A home based bakeshop that sells specialty cakes, cupcakes, cheesecakes and fondant cakes for all occasion.
 

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