Ah, lechon! Every Filipino’s favorite party food. This pork dish, which has been popular since the Spanish era of Philippine history, is never absent from the Filipino family’s table when it comes to celebrations. Whether it is a birthday, an anniversary, a fiesta, or a simple get-together, the lechon is always the king of the table. Even when the budget does not allow it, some people will find ways to find extra money (legally, of course!) just so they can prepare lechon.
The popularity of the Philippine lechon reaches all areas of the country. And this is why we have festivals like Batangas’ Parada ng mga Lechon. Aside from its popularity, however, there are other reasons why the litson baboy—as it is called by some—should be on your dining table, especially when you’re celebrating a special occasion, like your child’s graduation for example.
Why Prepare Lechon for Graduation Parties?
Your child’s graduation is a momentous event. It is an achievement of a different magnitude. It speaks a lot about your child’s growth and development. It marks the beginning of a new level in life for your child. Therefore, it is something that you really need to celebrate.
And to celebrate well, you need that crispy, delicious lechon on your dining table. Why, you ask? Here are the top five reasons.
1.The lechon is considered a part of Filipino culture. In the days of the Spaniards, it was considered a status symbol. If you had lechon during your celebrations, your family was considered rich. We may live in the modern times already, but this still holds true nowadays. Whenever you go to a party, you will always look for lechon. And if you do not find one, you’ll somehow hear yourself say, “Oh, they probable do not have the budget for it.” So, yes, the lechon is a status symbol.
A more important and valid reason for preparing lechon for your child’s graduation is your guests. You need to satisfy your guests. It’s like when you’re selling something; you need to satisfy your customer before you can invite him or her to avail of your product again. If you want everything to go well, if you want your guests to be happy and satisfied, you should really prepare your table for a lechon or two.
2.Lechon is an all-around dish. What is meant by this is that it can be cooked into other food varieties after the party. It’s a dish that will bring out your culinary creativity. Most families will look forward to enjoying a good meal of lechon paksiw a day after the party. You might also want to try a lechon sinigang; it’s like your usual sinigang, but using leftover lechon instead of the regular pork meat.
Other prefer to fry leftover lechon, especially the skin.
So, you see? Spending on a lechon for your child’s graduation is quite practical, too!
3.Lechon can be enjoyed by almost everyone in the party. Not everyone eats lechon, but more than half of your guests are sure to enjoy it! Lechon, in other words, is food that can be shared. Again, you’re being practical here. One dish can serve a lot of people.
Best of all, it will be fun eating the lechon as a group. Big groups that eat together usually get one plate filled with lechon slices and this is shared to everyone in their table. It’s like one big happy family sharing a delicious meal!
4.The Philippine lechon is a symbol of thanksgiving. Since it is said to represent an abundant life, the lechon is the perfect dish to signify gratefulness—which is the perfect theme for your child’s graduation party. So, graduation = success = lechon = thanksgiving. Makes sense, don’t you think so?
5.Finally… you need to put a lechon on your dining table to celebrate your child’s graduation because it is one of the best tasting dishes you can ever serve!
If you want to make sure that your child and your guests enjoy the food you serve, put a lechon on your dining table! It doesn’t matter what size your lechon is, as long as it is cooked right. Come to think of it, every lechon tastes good. It’s just a matter of sprinkling some extra ingredients and spices to make it more deliciously appetizing!
Still not convinced that you need to celebrate your child’s graduation with a lechon? How about this? Give your child a lechon and make him/her happy. It’s as simple as that.