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Taste History At This Galleon Trade-Inspired Feast

Indulge in the heritage of Filipino cuisine.

Once a fabled trade route between the port cities of Manila and Acapulco, the Galleon Trade was a rich exchange of goods from Chinese silks to perfumes and porcelains. It was also an exchange of ingredients and cuisines that was so influential that 15 out of the 18 vegetables mentioned in the Filipino folk song “Bahay Kubo” were originally from Mexico. 


This fascinating piece of culinary history is the subject of Galleon Trade: A Culinary Journey Filipino Food Festival held at the Corniche restaurant of Diamond Hotel from June 26 to July 7, 2024. For a limited time, you can sample a selection of fascinating dishes from the Galleon Trade era as prepared by  featured chef and culinary heritage advocate Chef Christopher Carangian.  


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A few of the dishes inspired by The Galleon Trade | Diamond Hotel Philippines

The featured specialties will take you on a delicious journey to the past. 


From the year 1529 is the Potaje de Adobado de Gallina, a chicken dish inspired by the Pipian which originated in Mexico. Then in 1613, the Adobo de los Naturales came about which is currently known as dry adobo and is made from a combination of pork and chicken. Another dish to be highlighted is the Quilauin from 1794, the first Filipino food seen by Antonio Pigafetta and referred to as the First Adobo. 


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Adobo de los Naturales | Diamond Hotel Philippines

Chef Christopher Carangian will guide diners into the origins of Filipino cuisine through the dishes he will showcase at the Corniche lunch and dinner buffet. 


As Founder and President of Razorchef Philippines and Punong Heneral of the Culinary Generals of the Philippines, Chef Carangian’s passion for exploring and reintroducing local, traditional dishes aims to promote the country’s historical identity.


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Chef Christopher Carangian | Diamond Hotel Philippines

Diamond Hotel will also recreate the Malolos Congress Dinner of 1898, where the proclamation of Philippine Independence was ratified in Bulacan. The best of the original French menu will be recreated by Chef Carangian, alongside fine wine pairings, only on July 9, 2024 at the Diamond Ballroom at 7pm for Php 6,800 net per person.


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A dish recreated from the menu of the Malolos Congress of 1898 | Diamond Hotel Philippines

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Photos courtesy of Diamond Hotel Philippines