Delicious regional Filipino cuisine and our rich culture and heritage was the main course during the launch of Islas Pinas, an indoor Filipino Food and Heritage Village and a new, distinct destination for both local and international guests, at the DoubleDragon Plaza, DD Meridian Park, Macapagal Avenue corner EDSA Extension, Bay Area, Pasay City, Metro Manila.
Conceptualized to showcase the abundance and vibrancy of the Filipino culture, this new establishment lets guests discover, explore and experience the Philippines’s heritage sites, natural resources, hospitality and most importantly, its cuisine—all under one roof.
The launch was made more special by the impressive cultural dance performances by the Sindaw Philippines Performing Arts Guild who showcased the tinikling, Ifugao Banga dance, and La Jota Manila, against the beautiful backdrop of mini-replica of the Ifugao Rice Terraces.
It’s through the collaboration of DoubleDragon Group and Chef Margarita Forés that Islas Pinas came to life, with the aim to inspire love for the Philippines and to cultivate patriotism by showcasing the country’s beautiful sites and diverse regional cuisines. With a seating capacity of over 700 seats in an expansive 2,500 square meter space, Islas Pinas is the perfect place to give visitors a taste of the best that the Philippines has to offer through the following sections:
SINAG, the Tagalog word for ‘ray of light’ offers all-day Filipino breakfast favourites; ALAMAT or legend, tells the story of the different regions of the Philippines through its signature dishes; BILAO is coined after the woven winnowing basket where comfort snacks are usually served; PANADERYA offers neighborhood bakery favorites; TUSOK-TUSOK, on the other hand, offers urban street food; PANULAK or beverage is where the samalamig (cold drinks with different flavors) will be available. Lastly, PAMPANG or shore will allow guests to enjoy chosen fresh catch cooked to their preference.
“DoubleDragon has always believed in embarking on projects with relevance. We believe Islas Pinas will be a landmark in the country, and will showcase the diversity not only of our cuisine and handicrafts but also our landscape and architecture brought about by the rich heritage and culture of the country,” says
DoubleDragon’s chief investment officer Hannah Yulo.
At the helm of this project is none other than Asia’s Best Female Chef of 2016, Margarita A. Forés whose mission is to bring Filipino cuisine to global prominence. Thus, Islas Pinas is a vision coming to life for her, where Filipino food is not just on the sidelines but at the centerstage.
“This is an absolute dream project for me that has come at such a perfect time,” said Forés. “I give my thanks to then Undersecretary of Agriculture, now Secretary of Tourism Berna R. Puyat, for putting me together with the DoubleDragon group, who was looking for someone to operate this amazing Islas Pinas project about half a year ago. This fast-tracked such a blessed opportunity to continue pushing my biggest advocacy – that of helping to promote the best our country – our cuisine, ingredients, farers, artisan producers and home cooks from Batanes to Jolo – in the best way I can!”
It is her aim for guests to experience the Philippines with their five senses and beyond. Thus, aside from the culinary delights and a picturesque interior design by Lara Fernandez Barrios of architecture, interior, and design firm, Larawan Ink, the venue will also feature modern and traditional cultural performances and games to ensure a fun and truly Pinoy ambiance.