Every Saturday, Jaime C. Velasquez Park in Makati’s Salcedo Village transforms into the Salcedo Community
Market ( salcedomarket.org), a grassroots project that now attracts hungry shoppers from far and wide. Apart from all sorts of international fare, stalls here offer a lip-smacking assortment of regional Filipino ingredients and snacks: think honey collected in Palawan, Bacolod empanadas from the Visayan island of Negros,
longganisa sausages, and kesong
puti— a soft cheese made with water-buffalo milk. Sweettoothed patrons can try all sorts of local desserts such as the sticky rice cakes known as biko, while gourmet takes on local fare include pili nut tarts and ice cream inspired by cheesy mamon sponge cakes.