What a great way to bring our kabaleyans together in celebrating our culture by renewing our ties with our ancestral past through the food they ate and now we get a chance to eat.
There were no fast food snacks and desserts then. Our folks used what was available, and surprisingly, our snacks would make vegetarians happy . . . even the vegans would rejoice for we used coconut milk instead of dairy. What we had aplenty were rice, sugarcane, coconut, camote, cassava, tugi, mais, mani, saba, langka, guava and our folks whipped up a dizzying repertoire of 'foods for the gods'. And if it is of comfort to some, no preservatives or FDA-approved food colours were added. Kakanen was simply natural, tasty, crafted from renewable resources.
A few days ago, I sounded out the possibility of organizing a 'bake sale' of Kakanen with the officers of the MAREVA (Mangaldan Residents of Vancouver). Sounded good, but it did not take off then. There was an emerging support from one officer, Philip Fabia, a die-hard proponent of things good about Mangaldan. I bounced off the idea in a bigger forum, the Mangaldan International Organization (MIO) in Facebook. There I picked up interest from Amor Lomibao, Ernie De Vera, Benedict Sarzaba and Manuel Biason.
With that, I decided to go for it, to start this blog in Aliguas Mangaldan, one dedicated to our 'Kakanen'.
What does a 'Kakanen look like?' My external hard drive yielded a throve of pictures and let me start sharing a few.
You are a Mangaldanian if you can give the names correctly. Use the Comment section.
There you go! Some of our 'Kakanen'. If you have any pictures to share, send them to email@example.com . We will be building a library of pictures as well as the recipes . . . as we continue to celebrate our culture and our lives. Abante Mangaldan!