On June 24, 1898 in Philippine history, when the colonial Spanish forces surrendered to General
Gregorio del Pilar’s Bulakan sa Brigada, the general’s family cooks got busy preparing a feast for the Katipuneros to
celebrate the victorious event. One of the dishes prepared was Arroz A La Cubana, made of ground meat, sautéed in onions,
garlic, potatoes, raisins served with plenty of rice, saging saba and “estralyadong itlog” (sunny side eggs). This
kitchen anecdote was told by the cooks of the kumbento who were grandparents of the Enriquez family cook. (From the cookbook “Kasaysayan
ng Kaluto ng Bayan” by Milagros S. Enriquez).