We are what we eat. The more we understand what goes into the claypot and how it transforms into food that nurtures and defines us, the better we appreciate our own culture. This November, “Paano Naging Pagkaing Pinoy: A Seminar on Filipino Food and Identity” aims to engage participants in a lively conversation (and tasting!) on the subject of Filipino food.

The event will be held on November 17, 2012 (2:00-6:00 p.m.) at Carelink Asia Institute in Quezon City, with food and culture researcher and blogger Karen S. Shih as facilitator and speaker. The seminar will feature a discussion on the evolution of Filipino food – its history, ingredients, and Filipino eating habits – and includes a sampling of representative traditional dishes.

The seminar was developed with culinary students in mind but everyone is welcome to attend. It’s our way of complementing Western culinary techniques learnt in formal lessons, with a better appreciation of Filipino culinary identity, so that each time culinary graduates are asked about Filipino food by colleagues, especially abroad, they will be able to intelligently articulate about the food from their home country.

To register, download the form (MSWord, pdf) at http://karen.mychronicles.net and email to pagkain.seminars@gmail.com. Seminar fee is just P1,500 (20% off for students, inclusive of seminar materials and food) payable in full before November 14, 2012 via bank deposit.

Carelink Asia Institute is located at 2/F A. Francisco Gold I Bldg., 784 EDSA, West Kamias, Quezon City. For inquiries, please email us at pagkain.seminars@gmail.com or text 0907-5006420.

Karen started researching about food and culture as a means of connecting her cousins, nephews & nieces abroad to Filipino culture. This culminated in her food blog, a twice weekly column in a regional daily and a season’s worth of hosting a cooking segment in a farmers’ TV programme. She is currently at work on various environmental management projects.


  1. Registration is required. Sit-ins and walk-ins are not allowed.
  2. Download the registration form at http://karen.mychronicles.net.
  3. Fill it out and email to pagkain.seminar@gmail.com. Submitting the registration form is important so we can prepare your certificate with your correct name.
  4. Pay the full seminar fee via bank deposit to Carelink Asia Institute. Bank details are on the registration form. Email us for alternative payment options.
  5. Confirm your registration and payment made through any of the following:
  6. a. Send an SMS to 09075006420 with the date, bank branch code & amount of deposit or payment
    b. Scan the bank deposit slip and email to pagkain.seminar@gmail.com.

  7. You will receive an email or SMS confirmation from us of your confirmed registration.
  8. See you at the seminar!

Sample articles on Filipino food and identity:
Food for Our National Soul
Tamales, Camoteque, atbp. (Pinoy Streetfood!)

Registration form: MSWord or pdf
Poster: jpg or pdf

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