Palitaw, puto, kutsinta: Baby’s Filipino-snack themed monthly photos go viral

January 11, 2022 - 5:05 PM
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Baby Jada in her photoshoot as four months and Jada in her photoshoot as two months. (Photos from Instagram/iamjadatria)

A family took their love for Filipino snacks to the next level.

A food-themed monthly photoshoot featuring a female baby recently caught the local online community’s attention.

A Facebook page shared snaps from the pictorial of Baby Jada, the child of Ivy Pracylynn Co-Tria and Janov Tria.

Each pictorial features a different snack.

In Baby Jada’s first month, the theme was “palitaw.”

It refers to a soft glutinous rice cake made with rice flour, grated coconut, sesame seeds and sugar.

 

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In Baby Jada’s pictorial for her second month celebration, the theme was “suman.”

It refers to a sticky rice cake formed as a round of flattened log and wrapped in wilted banana leaves. The snack can be eaten with muscovado sugar or coconut jam.

 

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For her third month celebration, the theme of the pictorial was “kutsinta,” a round, sticky rice cake known for its soft gelatinous texture and sweet molasses flavor from the brown sugar.

The snack is usually eaten with grated coconut.

 

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For Baby Jada’s fourth month photoshoot, the theme was “puto.” It is a steamed rice cake made from rice flour, coconut milk and sugar.

The snack is usually topped with a slice of cheese.

 

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Her fifth month was celebrated with the pictorial theme of “puto bumbong,” a purple rice cake steamed in bamboo tubes and eaten with coconut, sugar or muscovado and butter.

 

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For Baby Jada’s sixth month shoot, the theme was “biko.” It is a square-shaped rice cake made with glutinous rice, coconut milk and brown sugar.

The snack is usually topped with crispy coconut curds made from boiling coconut cream known as “latik.”

 

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According to a News5 report, Jada’s family thought of the concept as it has never been done before. Filipino snacks are also their all-time favorite in the family.

Meanwhile, Filipinos in the comments section praised the “creative” and “cute” photoshoot.

“Cute naman po ng theme, kakanin Filipino food,” a Facebook user wrote with emojis of a smiling face-with-hearts and a heart-eyed face.

“Super cute naman ni baby at super creative ni mommy… love it,” another online user commented with emojis of two hearts and a heart-eyed face.

A previous study revealed that Filipinos’ sweet cravings had intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keyword searches revealed that there was a heightened interest in chocolates, sweets and candies.