When you ask what Filipinos are known for all over the world, there are probably two most common answers: our hospitality and our food. And it’s no different in our home country. Case in point: the campaign rallies for the upcoming elections, especially those of Vice President Leni Robredo and her running mate Kiko Pangilinan. Many netizens have taken to social media to share the assortment of food and drinks they received while attending one of their campaign rallies.

Here’s a quick list of the food items at campaign rallies:

 

Sorbetes

What is it: A traditional Filipino ice cream that usually uses coconut milk or carabao milk, available in a variety of flavors such as strawberry, mango, cheese, and chocolate. It is sometimes referred to as “dirty ice cream,” which the Department of Foreign Affairs says is largely due to Filipino parents using that term to discourage children from asking money to buy ice cream.
Where can you get it: You’ll find a lot of vendors walking around the streets.

 

Filipino street food

What is it: A variety of bite-size food items that can be made from meat, seafood, vegetables, or fruits. They can be fried or grilled and are often eaten on a stick.
Where can you get it: Like the sorbetes, you can find a lot of vendors pushing their carts around the streets. You can also find them in wet markets or palengke. They are also available for order from food stalls like PotDog.

 

Sisig

What is it: Originating from Pampanga, this Filipino dish is made with parts of a pig’s face and belly, and chicken liver, often seasoned with calamansi, onions, and chili peppers and topped with an egg. It’s usually served on a sizzling plate.
Where can you get it: Most Filipino restaurants have sisig on their menu, or if you really want, you can go straight to Pampanga!

 

Tocino

What is it: Inspired by the Spanish dish of the same name, this Filipino breakfast staple is made from pork belly that is sweetened and cured in sugar, salt, pepper, and garlic.
Where can you get it: You can get these products straight from Pampanga, but your local supermarket usually carries their popular products, too.

 

Baked goodies

What is it: A variety of baked goods, such as pandesal, stuffed buns, biscuits, cupcakes, cookies, and cream puffs.
Where can you get it: Your local bakery or small online businesses.

 

Sandwiches

What is it: Slices of bread put together filled with a choice of ingredients in between, such as cheese, ham, tuna, and others.

 

Boiled egg

What is it: Definitely not salted egg. It’s just your regular egg, hard-boiled for easy eating. It’s just painted pink to show support for their candidate of choice.

 

Drinks

What is it: A variety of beverages from pink-colored juice and green apple juice to iced coffee.

 

Samalamig (but make it witty)

What is it: A traditional Filipino chilled beverage that often comes with jellies mixed in. These are often sold by street vendors or local sari-sari stores, and they usually offer a variety of flavors available, like buko pandan, melon, or lemonade.

These ones from the Leni-Kiko rally in Pampanga are particularly witty with their punny names.

 

Ice scramble

What is it: Also called iskrambol, this is a frozen dessert made with shaved ice, evaporated milk, banana extract, and sugar then topped with various ingredients, such as strawberry syrup, chocolate syrup, sprinkles, and marshmallows.
Where can you get it: There are iskrambol peddlers going around streets, just like a taho vendor, though not as often. You can also opt to order from online business like Iskrambol Manila or Scramble City PH.

 

Corndog

What is it: A hotdog or sausage on a stick coated in a thick layer of batter and deep-fried. Aside from hotdog or sausage, there are other varieties of filling, like cheese.
Where can you get it: There are various online businesses where you can get different kinds of corndog. Check them out here.

 
 
Many attendees shared on social media how happy and grateful they were receiving food and drinks from fellow supporters. And fulfilled volunteers also shared that it was amazing being part of such a culture.

 
Have you been to a rally? Did you receive any food items at campaign rallies from your fellow attendees? Share them with us below!

 
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