Iloilo Earns UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy Designation
Iloilo City has been officially recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a Creative City of Gastronomy. The city is the first in the Philippines to receive this designation, joining a network of 350 cities in over 100 countries committed to promoting sustainable urban development through creative industries.
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) aims to foster international cooperation among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. Iloilo City’s designation as a Creative City of Gastronomy recognizes its unique culinary identity and its commitment to promoting local food culture and traditions. The city’s rich history and diverse cultural influences have contributed to a vibrant food scene that showcases the best of Western Visayas cuisine.
Iloilo City’s recognition as a Creative City of Gastronomy is a testament to its efforts to promote and preserve its culinary heritage. The designation is expected to boost tourism and economic development in the city, as well as provide opportunities for cultural exchange and collaboration with other cities in the UCCN. As a Creative City of Gastronomy, Iloilo City is poised to become a hub for culinary innovation and creativity in the Philippines and beyond.
Iloilo City: The UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy
The announcement was made on October 31, 2023, coinciding with the observance of World Cities Day. This recognition is a testament to the city’s rich culinary heritage and unique gastronomic experience.
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) is a global network of cities that have been recognized for their contribution to the fields of crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, music, and media arts. The UCCN aims to promote cooperation among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development.
Iloilo City’s designation as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy is a result of its rich culinary heritage, which is a blend of indigenous, Spanish, Chinese, and American influences. The city’s cuisine is known for its unique flavors, ingredients, and cooking techniques. Ilonggo cuisine is characterized by its use of fresh seafood, meats, and vegetables, as well as its distinct sauces…