When Typoon Ketsana hit the Philippines on September 25, it was the worst weather-related disaster the country and its capital city of Manila had seen in decades. Severe flooding caused an evacuation of an enormous portion of the city, displacing nearly 600,000 people, while mudslides and flood waters have claimed nearly 250 lives to date. The damage from the typhoon is estimated at $100 million, resulting in the Philippine government requesting aid and supplies from the United Nations and the world.
You can help here at home by coming out to the Adobo Hoedown this Sunday, October 18, at DiverseWorks. A group of Filipino-Americans has organized an impromptu but fun-filled afternoon of food, music and culture to benefit their families back home. All proceeds from the ticket sales ($10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under) will be donated directly to the American Red Cross for Philippines Typhoon Ketsana Relief Effort.
The centerpiece of the Adobo Hoedown is an adobo cookoff, where ten people will compete to create the best batch of adobo, the Filipino national dish. The winner will be chosen by popular vote, and your ticket gets you a bowl, a spoon and a vote.
Other activities at the Adobo Hoedown will include music from local bands -- both Filipino and non-Filipino -- karaoke, Filipino martial arts demonstrations and a raffle. In addition to adobo, plenty of other Filipino delicacies will be on hand (for an extra price). There are few more delicious and comforting things in life than Filipino baked goods -- trust us on this.
The Adobo Hoedown will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Come hungry! We suggest preparing your palate by grabbing lunch at Godo's or New Filipiniana on Saturday, so you'll fully appreciate the bounty of Filipino food on Sunday.