Bacolod’s chicken inasal gets official nod as cultural property: A win for flavor and heritage!

Bacolod’s chicken inasal just got officially recognized as cultural property by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

It’s not just a meal anymore—it’s a piece of Bacolod’s cultural heritage.

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) just gave the chicken inasal a major shoutout by officially recognizing it as the city’s cultural property.

The exciting news couldn’t have come at a better time— at the 4th Chicken Inasal Festival, making the celebration extra sweet and meaningful. The three-day festivities paying homage to the flavorful lechon manok kicked off on May 24.

Councilor Em Ang was the driving force pushing for chicken inasal’s recognition. She penned City Ordinance 1012 back in 2022, declaring the dish as Bacolod’s cultural property. Ang was also the brains behind the Chicken Inasal Festival launched in 2018.

“I am thankful that after almost six months of deliberations, the NCCA finally approved that chicken inasal is from Bacolod. Bacolod will not only be known as the Home of MassKara Festival, but of chicken inasal as well,” said Ang in a Rappler report.

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But the bid wasn’t without its share of online debates. When Ang’s ordinance made headlines two years ago, social media was on fire with discussions about chicken inasal’s true origins. But thanks to NCCA’s thorough research and inventory, Bacolod now legitimately holds the bragging rights.

Historical accounts trace the roots of this signature dish back to Bacolod’s Cuadra Street in the 1970s.

“We are just waiting for the NCCA’s certification to come within these days so we can finally say that chicken inasal is now our very own identity,” she said, comparing NCCA’s certification to the prestige of earning a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.