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Negros Occidental's Adobo Festival: A Showcase of the Best Pinoy Dish

Negros Occidental

Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Nov 05, 2015

November 5 is not only about the commemoration of the historic event called Cinco de Noviembre in the province of Negros Occidental, but it is also a special day for food lovers.

READ: Al Cinco de Noviembre: A Celebration of Filipino Ingenuity

Adobo is a popular Filipino dish and is a favorite of almost every Pinoy family. It is believed that our ancestors have been cooking adobo long before the Chinese traders came and the Spaniards colonized the Philippines.

An adobo-cooking contest is held annually at The Balay Negrense. Now on its 18th year, the Adobo Festival keeps on attracting participants and food lovers in the event.

Each year, contestants showcase their original adobo recipes. The cooking competition is open to anyone, may you be a culinary expert, a budding chef or a cooking enthusiast.

Chosen recipes are then compiled in a cookbook by the Negros Cultural Foundation.

The Adobo Festival in Silay City, Negros Occidental has grown into a major tourist event. On the day of the event, Balay Negrense is flocked by locals and visitors to taste the savory goodness of the different adobo recipes by the Negrenses.


How to Get There

From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (PHP2500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle (PHP75-100 per head), or hire a cab (PHP400 minimum) to go to Bacolod City. You can also take a tricycle parked outside the airport (PHP10 minimum per head for at least 5 passengers, otherwise if you're riding alone you'll have to pay PHP50) going to Silay City proper.

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