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Kadayawan 2020: The Classic History of Humba

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Kadayawan is a time to celebrate the abundance of our harvests, the richness of our culture, and the bounty of blessings in our City. To put it simply, it is a celebration of our locality. The celebration of Kadayawan started from the eleven indigenous groups in the City. It was said that once a year, they will come together and do rituals as thanksgiving for the abundance of this year’s harvest. While these rituals are no longer practiced today, the spirit of thanksgiving is still here. While this year’s Kadayawan won’t be the same as last year which had the grand Floral Float Parade, Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan, and the Search for Mutya ng Dabaw, the City Government of Davao recently announced that it will be celebrating Kadayawan online this year.  The online celebration will be on August 17-24, 2020 with events like Kadayawan music video competition, Kadayawan in Retrospect, Best of Kadayawan events viewing party, and many more. 

While we celebrate Kadayawan at home, why not take it up a notch and indulge in good food too? One Filipino staple when it comes to celebrations whether personal ones or fiestas is our all-time favorite Humba. This is a slow braised pork recipe made famous by the Cebuanos in the Philippines. The meat is marinated in soy sauce and brown sugar ideally paired with black beans, bay leaf, and peppercorns. Many say that this dish is somewhat related to the Chinese dish patatim. When the Chinese tradesmen went to Cebu, Cebuanos also made their own version of the dish only sweeter and more succulent. 

According to Petros Absalon, a popular food writer, “Just like adobo, humba was made due to the need for the meat to last longer. Humba lasts for several days without spoiling due to the vinegar present and especially if it is immersed in oil. Surprisingly enough, it even tastes better the longer it’s stored.  There are some versions why this dish is called such, some would say that it is from the phrase “HUmot nga BAboy” with the first two letters of the first and the last words joined together. Humot is a word in the Bisayan dialect which could be roughly translated to mean “sweet smelling”, “fragrant”, or “with delicious smell”. Baboy, on the other hand, is Filipino for pork or for a pig (it could be interchangeable depending on the usage). Some argue that it really means “HUmok nga BAboy”, since the meat, due to the way it is cooked, becomes very soft and tender. Humok means soft or tender.”  However, just like any other Filipino food we love, variation of Humba recipes can be tailored-fit with your own preferences. From adding boiled eggs, pineapples, potatoes, or mushrooms,you can absolutely play with the flavors in this dish. 

What better way to celebrate the festivity of locality than to celebrate it with our own authentic Cebuano comfort food? If you are too busy to make your own Davao Humba recipe and are now searching on where to buy Humba in Davao, simply head on to Xpress Eats and enjoy the Humba Party Tray we offer. With our classic Filipino melt-in-your-mouth Humba, your Kadayawan at home will be one to remember. If you are also looking for a place that has an affordable meal plan in Davao, you should also check out our single menu trays. Each pack is prepared with your comfort and health in mind. Absolutely sulit!

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