‘Lugaw’ is a PH cultural symbol – NCCA

Published April 2, 2021, 1:56 PM

by Richa Noriega

In celebration of the Filipino Food Month, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) noted that “lugaw” or rice porridge was not just a popular essential food, but was also a cultural symbol of the country.

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Ang lugaw ay hindi lang basta pagkain, Sagisag Kultura rin! Abangan ang pagbubukas ng Buwan ng Kalutong Filipino o Filipino Food Month ngayong Abril! –Ang lúgaw para sa batà at maysakít ay bigas na sinaing at maraming tubig. Kayâ sinasabing ang lugaw ay iniluto sa pagmamahal. Sapat ang umuusok sa init na isang mangkok na lúgaw para umampat ng gútom at para pawisan at gisawan ng lagnat ang maysakít. Ngunit ang lúgaw na ginagamit na sabaw o káldo (mula Espanyol na caldo) sa ibang putahe ay may ginisang bawang, sibuyas, at luya. Nilalagyan ito ng pinatuyông bulaklak ng kasubhâ para magkulay dilaw ang sinaing na bigas at binubudburan sa ibabaw ng mga tinadtad na muràng dahon ng sibuyas tagalog (leek). Source: Sagisag Kultura 2: Kalikasan at Kaligiran (2015)#SagisagKultura#KulturaPH

Posted by National Commission for Culture and the Arts on Wednesday, March 31, 2021

“Ang lugaw ay hindi lang basta pagkain, Sagisag Kultura rin! (Rice porridge is not just food, it is also a cultural symbol!),” the NCCA said in a Facebook post on Wednesday, March 31. It also said April was Filipino Food Month.

The NCCA said “lugaw” is usually cooked for children, and those who are sick, in order to satisfy their hunger, making the sick person sweat which was a way of alleviating their pain and discomfort. That is why it is dubbed as a food, which is “cooked with love,” it added.

Meanwhile in a separate Facebook post on Wednesday, March 31, the National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) said “lugaw” was also “one of the earliest documented food of our ancestors.”

Lugaw is one of the earliest documented food of our ancestors. The 1613 Vocabulario de la Lengua Tagala by Fr. Pedro de…

Posted by National Quincentennial Committee, Republic of the Philippines on Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The NQC, citing the 1613 Vocabulario de la Lengua Tagala by Fr. Pedro de San Buenaventura, defined it as “rice mixed with milk or water or of both (porridge).”

“Indeed, #Lugawisessential,” it added.

“Lugaw is essential,” has trended online after a viral video of a food delivery rider was prohibited by a barangay official from delivering “lugaw” to a customer in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan province.

The barangay official argued that “lugaw” was not essential because people can live without eating it.

Malacañang clarified on Thursday, April 1, that “lugaw” or any food was an essential good, and that its delivery should be unhampered during the period of ECQ (enhanced community quarantine) in the NCR Plus bubble, which included Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite.

 
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