Philippine Consul General Edgar Badajos prepares a grilled squid dish at Gerry’s Grill in Artesia, California on Friday, April 23 as part of the Consulate General’s new “Lutong Pinoy, Lasang Pinoy Sa Los Angeles” program highlighting Filipino and Fil-Am owned food establishments. | Photo courtesy of Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles
THE Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles is embarking on another type of diplomacy — one that shares the Philippines’ culinary traditions and the stories of Filipino and Filipino American food entrepreneurs in the region.
Dubbed “Lutong Pinoy, Lasang Pinoy Sa Los Angeles,” the Consulate General launched its gastrodiplomacy program on Friday, April 23 at Gerry’s Grill in Artesia, California.
The program will be an online campaign featuring videos about Filipino cuisine available in Southern California, Southern Nevada and Arizona, areas covered by the Consulate that are home to some 1.2 million Filipinos.
“Good Filipino food — that’s one way of actually promoting awareness of our culture…We are doing this not only to promote Filipino cuisine. We are also doing this to promote and support Filipino and Filipino American-owned businesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Consul General Edgar Badajos…