Celebrating Ilocano food and culture in NYC 

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Inabrao, pinapaitan, tupig. Dinardaraan, igado, dinakdakan. 

These are just a few of the distinctly Ilocano dishes that guests sampled and devoured at the Ilocano Food Tasting event held last week at the Philippine Center. 

Sponsored by the Ilocano American Association, Inc., the event aimed to spotlight cuisine from the northern part of the Philippines along with its rich and diverse culture. 

The Ilocano-American Association, Inc. is a New York-based association of Filipino-Americans of Ilocano descent.  It aims to promote and preserve the rich culture, beautiful customs and traditions, and strong work ethic and family values of Filipinos, in general, and Ilocanos, in particular, among Filipino-Americans, particularly the youth. 

Designer Edgar Madamba received a bouquet of flowers from IAAI led by Atty. Dulce Barangan. Photo shows Madamba with Consul Arman Talbo, Atty. Barangan and members of IAAI. AJPress photos by Momar G. Visaya

IAAI traces its early beginnings in the seventies to the Ilocano Cultural Association, whose members went on to incorporate IAAI as a nonprofit corporation in Delaware in 1982. 

“We are very happy with the turnout and we realized the great interest of our kababayans in our dishes when our event page got filled up faster than expected,” said IAAI president Dulce Barangan. 

In terms of RSVPs, the event got sold out in less than a week and a waiting list had to be made.