Category Archives: Food

Philippine Bishops Ban ‘Balut’ For Easter Egg Hunt


MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – We’re coming up to Easter Sunday and many Filipino kids are looking forward to the thrill of the Easter Egg Hunt.

Just in time for this joyous holiday and fun activity, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) today issued a pastoral letter banning the use of balut for the Easter Egg Hunt.

Balut is the favorite Filipino delicacy of boiled duck embryo.  It is a street food that’s been featured on the American TV show, “Survivor.”

In the letter, the CBCP said that the Catholic Church remains opposed to the killing of fetuses in an abortion because life starts at conception. “Our pro-life stance equally applies to duck 🦆 or chicken 🍗, so we must oppose the eating of duck embryos,” the statement said.

IMG_0493We urge our Catholic Faithful to refrain from using animal eggs, especially embryos like balut, when organizing or holding an Easter Egg Hunt. “We suggest egg-shaped chocolates,” the CBCP added.


Coming Soon To The Philippines: Plant-Based Lechon And Crispy Pata


MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In the Philippines, no restaurant menu is complete without Crispy Pata (Deep-fried pig knuckles) and no family celebration is without Lechon (Roasted whole pig). The consequences could be hazardous to one’s health, possibly explaining why hypertension and heart disease are quite prevalent among Filipinos.

Well, all this might finally come to an end.

A Washington, D.C.-based firm is upping the ante in the effort to get more people eating plant-based and cell-cultured meat.  Good  Food Institute (GFI) is expanding its operations from the United Sates to the entire world, beginning with China, Brazil and Taiwan.  The Philippines 🇵🇭 may not be far behind.

In anticipation of this animal-less revolution, local forward-looking entrepreneurs are now in talks with GFI for a possible partnership to jumpstart an industry that would produce plant-based Lechon and Crispy Pata.

Researchers at the University of the Philippines at Los Baños have been tapped to explore the use of abundant local plants and vegetables like Kangkong (Spinach), Sayote (Chayote) and Talong (Eggplant) to produce great tasting meat substitutes in the laboratory  to make Lechon and Crispy Pata.  They are also looking at converting flowering plants into Chicharon Bulaklak (Fried Pork Intestines).

Here’s to a healthier, longer-lifespan Philippines!



Why Incidence Of Hypertension Is Highest Among Devout Catholics In The Philippines

IMG_0307MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – A still to be released study shows that in the Philippines, the incidence of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease is highest among devout Catholics. And it has to do with Fridays and Lent.

We are in the midst of the holiest of seasons, which culminates on Easter Sunday.  Each Friday during Lent, Catholics are expected to abstain from meat. But the more devout Catholics have made every Friday throughout the year as “fish Friday.”

So what has that got to do with high blood pressure?

Many Filipinos don’t have easy access to fresh fish, or where it is readily available, the cost is prohibitive.  So they turn to dried fish 🐟 which is fairly inexpensive: tuyo, tinapa, dilis.

IMG_0306Problem is, dried fish has a very high sodium content, as high as 166% of daily nutritional values. (See nutritional chart for dried fish)

In most people, the kidneys have trouble keeping up with the excess sodium in the bloodstream. As sodium accumulates, the body holds onto water to dilute the sodium. This increases both the amount of fluid surrounding cells and the volume of blood in the bloodstream. Increased blood volume means more work for the heart and more pressure on blood vessels. Over time, the extra work and pressure can stiffen blood vessels, leading to high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. It can also lead to heart failure. There is also some evidence that too much salt can damage the heart, aorta, and kidneys without increasing blood pressure, and that it may be bad for bones, too.

High blood pressure is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease. It accounts for two-thirds of all strokes and half of heart disease. 

Imagine consuming high amounts of sodium every Friday, assuming one doesn’t eat dried fish on other days of the week.  Overload!

So, we’re calling on the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines to grant all Filipinos a special dispensation from abstinence so that we may be able to significantly reduce hypertension and cardiovascular disease in the country.

Either that or Catholic Churches should give out free fresh fish to their congregation on each Friday of the year. That’s a good way to unload and liquidate their financial investments.