Albay VG Lagman credits Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade for bringing Mexican food, fruits to PH


Albay Vice Governor Edcel Grex Lagman credited the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade for introducing Mexican fruits and vegetables to the Philippine shores.

Lagman said that because of the trade, fruits and vegetables indigenous to Mexico made it to the Philippines.

“Thanks to the Manila-Acapulco galleon trade that lasted for two and a half centuries (1565-1815), we reasonably assumed that these foods were endemic to the Philippines,” the Albay Vice Governor said.

“But our sayote (chayote), singkamas (jicama), guyabano (guanabana), chico (zapote) and avocado, among many other fruits and vegetables, were actually all indigenous to Mexico,” he said.

Lagman, however, said that despite their history and origin, he is still inclined to believe that these food are “Bicolanos.”

“I also read about “our” popular chillies but i am biased not to accept their Mexican origins (yet) because i still want to believe they’re “Bicolano”. Hahaha,” Lagman said.