ADOBOFEST: A Taste of Philippines in Chicago

California may have FPAC and every single event focused on the Filipino community, Chicago has Adobofest! This past weekend, I was in Chicago for FAN’s annual Adobofest at La Bagh Woods (Foster & Cicero). What is Adobofest? This event is a community picnic that includes live performances and an Adobo Tasting Contest that is open to all that appreciate Philippine culture.

Adobofest is organized and sponsored by the Filipino American Network along with Gawad Kalinga’s 5K Walk Fundraiser. For $7 you get a taste of each competitors adobo and a chance to vote for People’s Choice Champion with rice and ice included.  The winner gets $100 gift certificate, a trophy and bragging rights. All proceeds from Adobofest goes to FAN-Chicago’s annual Filipino American FilmfestBelieve International, Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago, and Filipinos in Alliance at University of Illinois at Chiago.

I wasn’t able to stick around to see who the winner was but you can go to FAN-Chicago or Adobofest.com for the results.

These ladies from Sandy’s Rib-a-dob-dob-o made my day with their enthusiasm and pride during my rounds at sampling the adobo entries.

In addition to a great event, Chicagoans were also wearing their Bears shirts with pride as the Chicago team defeated the Dallas Cowboys 27-20.

This entry really caught my eye since I only eat adobo with rice and it was really interesting take on the Filipino dish.

If you are planning to attend the next Adobofest, make sure you don’t show up on Filipino time like me because the adobo entries are first come first serve.

There was also a live performance by Chicago’s Your Villain My Hero. The band’s only Filipino member, Betina Gozo showed a lot of pride in her heritage at the event.

I was very fortunate to speak to representatives from FMA Pulse. FMA Pulse was created to be a resource site as well as a community where people from all over the globe can come together to learn, teach, share their experiences or just  stay current with what’s going on in the world of Filipino Martial Arts. I found it interesting that not a lot of Filipinos know about FMA as it’s rooted in Philippine history in the resistance against Spanish colonization.

Maha Guru Nate Defensor, demonstrates Filipino martial arts and the Defensor Method. Defensor Method is a combination of Inayan System, Pekiti-Tirsia, Inosanto Blend, Tobosa/Villabrille System, Pusaka Dwipantara Silat, Jalur Putih Pencak Silat, Doce Pares Eskrima, Derobio, Balintawak, Ilongo Style, Muay-Thai, and Kuntao. Guro Nate Defensor has been teaching the Defensor Method of Filipino Martial Arts for over 30 years in the Chicagoland area and is continually striving to promote the effectiveness and simplicity of Filipino Martial Arts to his students around the world.

Adobofest is an event that is up there with FPAC and the Pistahan Parade. If you’re in the Midwest and the Chicagoland area, be sure to attend Adobofest next year because you don’t want to miss a great event like this. For more photos on the event, you can visit the Fil-Am Ako facebook page.

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