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671 Guam Recipes: Celebrating the Philippines’ Independence |

671 Guam Recipes: Celebrating the Philippines' Independence |

Philippine Independence Day is today and we offer ways to celebrate this month with Philippine recipes from our partner, 671 Guam Recipes, founded by Cel Montague.

This week’s recipes showcase a classic Filipino dessert: Buko Pandan.

Buko is the Tagalog word for young, unripe coconut and its flesh. Pandan is a Southeast Asian plant, also known as screw pine, whose leaves impart a fragrant, sweet aroma and flavor to sweet and savory foods.

The recipes we offer are on the sweet side and make for cool treats this summer.

Buko Pandan fruit salad, from Bernice P. Legaspi, a member of 671 Guam Recipes, needs to be refrigerated for about two hours before serving.

A more unusual recipe is Buko Pandan Ice Cream, from member Josefina Laxamana.