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FOOD and people meet and match making the city a melting pot of cultures. This celebration shall “strengthen the cooperation between the Chinese and Filipino communities in order to foster better relationship and unity, as well as to enhance understanding of each other.” said the coordinator and Chairman of the parade.

The Filipino-Chinese community on February 8 will kick off the annual Spring Festival Celebration for the Year of the Metal Tiger. Through its food is one way of enjoying and understanding each cultures and of course pancit is the number one in the list of delicious food that both Filipino and Chinese enjoyed during merienda, next would be the popular Hototai soup that you can order on special occasions. This is based on a random survey of people from couple of restaurant, taxi drivers and students. You can read more of this story at sunstar.

Pancit or ‘”pansit”‘ is the term for noodles in Filipino cuisine. Noodles were introduced into the Philippines by the Chinese and have since been adopted into local cuisine.

Nancy Reyes Lumen of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism writes that according to food lore handed down from the Chinese, noodles should be eaten on one’s birthday. They are therefore commonly served at birthday celebrations and Chinese restaurants in the Philippines often have “birthday noodles” listed on their menus. However, she warns that since “noodles represent long life and good health; they must not be cut short so as not to corrupt the symbolism.