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:
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.
Sorry kung now lang ako nag tweet cuz hindi ako ok since i got injured from the grand rally but its ok i'm still honored that im part of the more than 100k ppl who attend and grabe ang accomodating ng mga kakampink and naka ilan free food din ako non. I'm just blessed pic.twitter.com/MYTgVsqD6o
— Cookie | Sabog Era (@kiksxcz_) March 20, 2022
Daming foods sa Pampanga puro libre. Walang magugutom pic.twitter.com/6D0SAG4W2M
— Fact you more and fact your lies (@amfheads) April 9, 2022
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.
“Gobyernong tapat, libreng tusok lahat”
— Patrick Olympia (@patrickishere) March 20, 2022
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!
— ghie (@imghienaga) April 9, 2022
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.
Hello Pagkain, Goodbye Gutom talaga
credits to Sir. John Dizon…. pic.twitter.com/RH7yXmN2tK
— Hazzy #95KabataanPartylist (@hrrywiz) April 9, 2022
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.
1,000 pcs stuffed buns for Leni Kiko Pampanga Rally!! pic.twitter.com/YTkWPOf5rE
— Lota (@lalolalota) April 8, 2022
Gusto ko lang magpasalamat sa Chefs for Leni, Food Service for Leni and Kakampink bakers, dahil sa walang sawa nilang pagdodonate ng baked goodies para sa ating mga Kakampinks. God bless you all!!! 💕💕💕 pic.twitter.com/mQFhcpeSCP
— UAE4Leni2022 (@nelson_0628) March 20, 2022
Saludo sa mga volunteers na namimigay ng libreng bottled water and pink-and-green pandesal 💕 pic.twitter.com/hKe7xoXUJc
— Lis (@lisfortun) March 20, 2022
So may kwento ako. While offering free cream puffs, one kakampink was whispering sa kasama nya, ang sarap ng cream puff! Gusto ko sya bigyan ng pera! Ate girl na kasama ni mommy: wag na free naman daw yan! mommy: no gusto ko para magbake sya ulit sa susunod na rally! Nanay pic.twitter.com/1JPWLbr6E2
— OhhChef! (@OchefAntipolo) March 21, 2022
Gusto ko lang sabihin na ang sasarap ng mga free foods sa rally and never kaming nagutom,uuwi kang busog at may uwi pa❤️ thankyou sa lahat ng abonado jaan🌸 #letleniread #PasigIsPink pic.twitter.com/9J02q0ZXy0
— JORDAN BORBS (@JordanBorbon) March 21, 2022
Ang dami ko pang natirang pinamigay na pagkain mula sa mga kapwa kakampink para sa #PasigLaban kahapon.
— jenifish🌷🌷🌷 (@Diyeni) March 21, 2022
What is it: Slices of bread put together filled with a choice of ingredients in between, such as cheese, ham, tuna, and others.
Distributed free sandwiches and bottled waters in Julia Vargas corner Meralco Ave. Libre at walang bayad. Tiring but fulfilling. 1st time ko umattend ng #LeniKikoAllTheWay rally at ang saya ng ambiance! 💗🌷 #PasigLaban #PasigisPink #KayLeniNaTayo #KayLeniTayo pic.twitter.com/kqEI7vNXHG
— Jayson A. Tabigue (@AMOUR83) March 20, 2022
Kung kanino man po galing itong tinapay na ito, maraming salamat. Buong araw may umiikot na kahon ng tinapay, pack ng biscuit, at kung anu pang makakain for all. Hindi ka magugutom!
Hello Pagkain, Goodbye Gutom talaga sa pink rallies dahil sa Gobyernong Tapat, may Pagkain Lahat. pic.twitter.com/R04oIdvKQn
— Jared for Leni and Kiko 🎀 (@whatsupjared) March 21, 2022
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.
My tito and tita will be giving out bottled water, boiled eggs and biscuits mamaya. Hindo po 'yan itlog na maalat, food coloring lang po. Haha! Oh, and tita (a frontliner), will also speak some lines sa stage mamaya. Wish I could be there. #PasigLaban #PayanigSaPasig 💪🌷🌸🌺 pic.twitter.com/XXfIiNgjT1
— 🅿️ush&🅿️aul🩺🌷#LeniKiko2022 (@thesimPAULifeMD) March 20, 2022
What is it: A variety of beverages from pink-colored juice and green apple juice to iced coffee.
— jhoanne 🎀🌻 (@jhoanniexxi) March 20, 2022
We’re now 💖OPEN💖
Come and get your FREE ICED COFFEE! 😌☕️
— Ahgases 4 Leni (@ahgases4leni) March 20, 2022
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.
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.
— Kathrina Sanchez (@kathrinavs) March 20, 2022
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.
Forgot to post the free food I got last Sunday. I was given a cookie (it was delicious) and an ice scramble (flavored shaved ice with chocolate sauce, powdered milk, marshmallows and sprinkes) and even bread. Thank you to the generous donors! 👏#PasigIsPink #PasigLaban pic.twitter.com/Du9HAm9FJJ
— Mari Therese Reyes (@MThereseReyes) March 22, 2022
Thank you so much sa lahat ng Volunteers! Di nagutom at nauhaw mga Kakampinks dahil sa inyong mga free food!
— 👷🏼 J E N S E N 🏳️🌈 (@EngrJNSN) March 21, 2022
Sa gobyernong tapat busog ang lahat!
I am amazed that a culture of giving was constructed in Leni and Kiko's electoral rallies. Supporters spent their time and money to prepare food and water for other attendees that might need it. #PasigLabanParaSaTRoPa #PasigLaban pic.twitter.com/jE271C7lyK
— Mar(x)c #NoToPAREX (@Mrcxism) March 20, 2022
Have you been to a rally? Did you receive any food items at campaign rallies from your fellow attendees? Share them with us below!