In a country where more than half of Filipinos live in poverty, the Filipino food we eat is not necessarily what they are used to.
In a recent survey of US consumers by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), more than a third of respondents reported that they ate some Filipino dishes on a regular basis.
But what they didn’t know is that there are actually a lot of Filipinas living in America who don’t have the same access to their traditional Filipino dishes.
The US government has been trying to change this, through a new initiative called “The Philippine Culinary Heritage Preservation Act.”
The FDA hopes to give Filipinos the chance to preserve their traditional cooking traditions by offering free sampling of Filipino foods at many US restaurants and restaurants that serve food.
“I think it’s important to recognize that our culture is not something that we have an obligation to preserve,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told reporters.
“It’s something that people of all cultures, cultures have adapted and we should respect those adaptations.”
This year, the FDA is launching a campaign called “Foods of the Filipino American Community,” which will include samples of traditional Filipino food, as well as foods from other cultures, including Chinese and Indian.
The goal is to highlight the diversity of Filipino food in the United States, and to educate Americans about the different ways that Filipinas prepare Filipino food.
The agency hopes that the free samples will be a tool to help Americans understand Filipino cuisine, especially because there is a lot more Filipinas in the country than there are people who eat it, said FDA commissioner Richard Gottliebb.
FDA will also partner with organizations such as the Food &adventure, which provides resources and training for Filipinos to prepare and cook Filipino dishes, to encourage them to share their traditions with the public.
This isn’t the first time the FDA has been working with Filipinas.
In the past year, FDA Commissioner John G. Frieden and FDA regional director for the Americas, David J. Mazzucato, have traveled to the Philippines to offer free samples of Filipino dishes and to work with Filipinos in their kitchens to improve the preparation and cooking of Filipino ingredients.
Mazzucatos said that although he believes that there is still a lot to learn from Filipino chefs, he hopes that by sharing their knowledge, Americans can learn something from their Filipinas too.
“I really want to be able to give Americans a better understanding of Filipino cooking,” Mazzuccato said.
“I think there is an opportunity to take that into the kitchen.”
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