“Ulam” documentary, celebrating Filipino food, hosts huge kamayan feast in California

SAN DIEGO, CA — All hands on deck for dinner and a movie.

The Pac Arts Movement marked this year’s spring showcase with a handful of Filipino movies, but one documentary gave some 300 people an even bigger taste of Philippine culture.

After the screening, 300 people including some of San Diego’s most prominent Fil-Ams from councilman Chris Cate, to skateboard legend Willy Santos, got a taste of the areas most highly regarded Filipino chefs.

“The goal for me was to have Filipino food at the center stage and at the same time be able to make it localized so that every city can connect to the movie in their own way. This city, we’re blessed. We have 13 chefs here tonite making a kamayan feast. A boodle fight for the OGs,” said Allie Cuerdo.

Ulam officially made its premier in San Francisco earlier this month before making its way to the Pac Arts annual spring showcase.

It was a happy homecoming for restauranteur Nicole Ponseca, one of the subjects of the movie, and the marketing wiz credited with helping push Filipino food to the mainstream.

“For me personally a girl from San Diego, and it was actually 20 years ago I had a dream to help put Filipino food on the map and for me to come home and see this, it feels very surreal. I can’t put it into words.”

Ulam now makes its way to the Newport Beach Film Festival, the LA Asian Film Festival and back to San Francisco for CAAM fest.

After that, the team hopes to dish out more screenings throughout the US.


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