Filipino food is not known for being one of the best in the region and there is a rather strong American influence that has seen the rise of many fast food restaurants including local favorite, Jollibee.
Adobo is loosely known as the national dish of the Philippines and is a kind of stew that can be made with chicken or other meat like beef. To flavor the meat soy sauce, vinegar, pepper, bay leaves and other ingredients are added, and adobo is usually served with rice to soak up the juices.
Lechon is one of the most famous party foods in the Philippines as it is meant to feed a crowd. Lechon is basically a suckling pig that is cooked over an open flame for several hours until the skin is crispy. Usually the insides of the pig are stuffed with spices before cooking.
Lumpia are Filipino spring rolls that have a thin crepe skin and are stuffed with things like shredded chicken, bean sprouts, and other thinly sliced vegetables. The rolls are then deep fried to make them crispy and can be eaten as a snack or part of a main meal.
Perhaps the most famous Filipino dessert is Halo-Halo, a rather strange mixture of shaved ice topped with flan, beans, milk, and ice cream. The flavors are eclectic but it is a great way to cool off in the intense heat.