It was held last December 4, 2011 at the Fong Guang Shan Mabuhay Temple. They have this kind of event yearly usually every December. I am attending their activities and other events in the temple about 2-3 times a month so I also invite my sisters and other friends to come here as well.
The event started at 10am with a health talk featuring the speaker Nanay Nona Castillo (she's a vegan for more than 20 years) about on how to live a healthier lifestyle on our daily lives and a demo on how to make fruit smoothies using a blender. It was a very informative talk and not a boring one.
After the health talk around 12pm, we proceed downstairs to for the vegetarian buffet. Usually we dine at the dining hall but we were surprised that day because at the entrance of the temple there were tables and vegan food served for 800 attendees!
Me and my sister Cathy posing at the Fresh Fruit table with decors. Looks so nice.
I'm the one in brown shirt at the left side while my sister is at the right side.
Who says vegetarian food is bland and boring? You're wrong!
Let me show to you some of the dishes served at the buffet. You'll be stunned.
The vegetarian Sushi (favorite #3) looks good and tastes good too!
The vegetarian Tacos (favorite #2) so yummy! Even my sister likes it too!
The vegetarian Barbecue (favorite #1). Me and my sis love bbq and she was amazed of how it looks and the texture of the veggie meat used for the bbq. We love it!
Still not convince?!
The vegetarian Baked Macaroni. So good that I ate two of these hehe.
The vegetarian Fried Rice with veggie ham, shiitake mushrooms, and string beans.
I love it too!
Sweet tooth anyone? Desserts?
YES! There were desserts served in the same time of the food event.
Different kinds of Rice cakes (Maja Blanca, Sapin-Sapin, Kalamay and Biko).
I'm a big fan of Filipino rice cakes so I took one of those each.
Fruit salad (I think the decoration was overdone but I like the taste of it honestly).
and of course the assorted fresh fruits!!! There were like 4 tables of fresh fruits and lots of left overs after the buffet. The lady monks gave us lots of fruits to bring home. Me and my sis were so stuffed yesterday.
Why go vegetarian?
Its not just for health reasons but also for your own well-being and compassion to animals.
At the moment, I am still eating some meat but I am planning to be a strict vegetarian again when I have my own kitchen so that I can cook my own food.
The Fong Guang Shan Mabuhay Temple is located at 656 Pablo Ocampo Street, Malate, Manila (across Century Park Hotel and near Rizal Memorial Stadium) and open to everyone but if you want to try their some of the vegetarian dishes, the Water Drop Tea House is open from Tuesdays to Sundays (except Mondays) 9am to 5pm only.