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Make Ligo Sardines in Dishes of Filipino Families for the Christmas Season

Christmas 2018 is just a few days away! How time flies indeed during this festive holiday season and it has been busy days since holiday season kicked in last November.

We have been thinking of what’s easy to prepare for noche buena or our advance family get-together this weekend for Christmas with what we have in the house this time. As I went through my canned goods supply, I found we have many Ligo products in store. I bought many of these lately since I have been craving for sardines omelette quite a few times over the recent weeks. It makes me eat rice more though coz it really perks up my appetite even my little guy who is actually quite choosy with food and not much of a eater this year unless he really likes the viand. I have found just like me that when we cook omelette using Ligo Sardines especially the red labeled one – with chili added variant, he gets to eat more too during our meals at home.

Ligo Sardines in tomato sauce & Ligo Sardines in tomato sauce chili added

Since it is Christmas season, this year we are making Ligo Sardines part of the “STAPLE FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON” and maybe even beyond the season, we can prepare many home made dishes using the brand product we have grown to love.

The festive season calls for a wide, varied spread that will not be complete without Ligo Sardines. Here are two recipes using Ligo Sardines for the holidays that I promise is so easy to prepare and make.

Cheesy Shell Pasta with Ligo Sardines topped with Basil


1 can of 155 grams Ligo Sardines in tomato sauce (green)
1 pack Prima Shell pasta cooked
Basil leaves for garnish/topping

Cook shell pasta according to cooking instructions on the packaging. I used Prima shell pasta and cooked it for 8-10 minutes.  Crush or mash the Ligo sardines without the tomato sauce in a separate bowl. Add the mild cheese spread. You may opt instead for mayonnaise and grated cheddar cheese or any cheese of your preference. Then add this mix to the cooked shell pasta. You can use any other pasta you prefer. Top with basil leaves.

Ligo Sardines shell pasta with basil IMG_201812_171124This was a hot with my two boys. My dear little guy loved it! Hubby appreciated it and we’re making this part of our

Sardines Spaghetti


1 can of 155 grams Ligo Sardines in tomato sauce chili added (red)
Spaghetti pasta cooked per label instructions
Basil leaves
Sliced green olives

Cook pasta in a pan of boiling water until tender. Drain and place in a bowl. Crush the Ligo sardines in tomato sauce using a fork until properly mixed in a separate bowl or container. Pour it over the pasta and mix well.  Top with grated cheese, basil leaves and sliced green olives (optional). Viola!

Ligo Sardines spaghetti with basil and olives IMG_201812 _155837 You can add other toppings depending on your preference. I made another bowl where I added condensed milk or you may use mild cheese spread in a pack instead of grated cheddar cheese. I enjoyed this dish simply with no topping.  I guess there comes a time that you opt simple dishes as long as you share it with your loved ones this Christmas.

I will be thinking of other dishes to make with Ligo Sardines. If you have any idea, I would love to have you share it with us! I guess more and more mommies like me are opting for healthier options to add to their usual pasta dishes for noche buena or family meal gatherings this holiday season.

Enjoy the holidays!  Have a blessed Christmas and a healthier new year for all of us!  Eat well and choose healthy eats this holiday season!

God bless us all!

Loving Ligo Sardines with My Boys: Kaon Ta’g Ligo, Davao!

Sardines is one of the much-loved staple canned food among Filipinos which is now made richer and more “lami” by LIGO, a brand that has actually been around for many years here in the Philippines.


My boys and I are loving Ligo Sardines!
So kaon na ta ug Ligo, Davao!

When I went around different supermarkets in the city in recent months where we would do our grocery errands, I literally hear some people often randomly pick or mention Ligo along with the phrase that follows “odong nga lami” when we get to that canned goods section of the grocery or supermarket.

If I remember it right, even during our group’s anniversary party last July 2018 I heard a few times that “odong nga lami” phrase with matching sardines can there on the side of the stage for a game played for added fun. It was at that month that the Tom Rodriguez’s ‘odong nga Lami’ commercial ad for Ligo Sardines was starting to trend on social media and in the internet.

LIGO_Davao Event_Brand Ambassador (1)

Ligo Sardines has become more of a word of mouth now since Kapuso actor Tom Rodriguez became its endorser and had a commercial advertisement singing the now famous song he sang that has many of us in LSS or “last song syndrome” mode time and again. Yes I even sometimes find myself singing Tom’s “Odong nga Lami” in Visayan version and even our little guy.  Going through photos and videos on Instagram one time, I found videos of people singing the TVC song.  There is also a Tagalog version by the way.

DavaoFoodTrips.com - Ligo Sardines in Tomato Sauce IMG_20181012_114225_496

We’ve been buying Ligo Sardines in the recent month and we love their spicy sardines. We bought this one at Park N’ Shop in Victoria Plaza Mall. You can find Ligo also in the supermarkets of Gaisano Mall Davao, Robinson’s Abreeza, SM Lanang Premier and others most probably.

IMG_20181014_183812_281Honestly, my boys know I am quite choosy with fish products especially sardines. When I first tried Ligo, I personally like the taste!  It doesn’t have that fishy taste that other brands have that I don’t particularly like especially at a certain time of the month when I would avoid and cannot tolerate fishy taste of food. So far with Ligo Sardines, I am good with it anytime.


The spicy Ligo Sardines variant gives an extra “lami” factor for me given my acquired taste and fondness now for mild spicy food. Thanks to hubby’s influence on spicy food over the years.

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They also have a Ligo Spanish Sardines variant. It makes me eat with gusto leading to consuming extra rice than I really should.


Even our little guy would ask for a little extra rice which he usually doesn’t do.

To give you a little background on Ligo, since 1954 the A. Tung Chingco Manufacturing Corporation in Caloocan City, Metro Manila has been the exclusive distributor of LIGO products in the Philippines. Mr. Gregory Tung, Sr. is known as the founder of the family corporation.

LiGo is taken from the brand name LIberty GOld Fruit Co. from So.San Francisco, California 94080, USA.  You would find that written on the packaging labels of Ligo products that you can buy in many local grocery stores and in your favorite nearby “sari-sari” stores nationwide as well in Mindanao, and of course in Davao City.

DavaoFoodTrips.com Ligo Sardines in Tomato Sauce (green can) IMG_20181014_183254_169

Ligo has been in the Philippines since 1954 and is committed to nourishing the lives of Filipinos by offering quality and affordable food products.

Ligo showed the culinary versatility of sardines as it goes well with almost any recipe you could think of cooking for typical Pinoys.   The brand also shared the heritage of the beloved brand in their recent Mindanao regional event last month. I was not there though as the photos below were only shared to me.  I would like to meet Tom, a.k.a @AkosiMangTomas on Instagram, the actor and singer who made people singing, cooking and eating Ligo Sardines in the “odong nga lami” dish.

LIGO_Davao Event_Ligo Sardines Odong

Davaoeños got to experience special preparations of the canned household staple as A. Tung Chingco Corporation (ATC) presented “Kaon Ta’g Ligo, Davao!”

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Siblings Mikko Tung, Vice President of Production; Mark Tung, Vice President of Sales; and Macky Tung, Advertising Manager are ATC’s new generation of leaders who I read about later on shared their appreciation for Ligo’s stronger performance in the region.

LIGO_Davao Event_Mikko Tung

“It’s a great time to boost our performance in Mindanao. Rest assured that we will continue to reveal new and exciting plans for our customers in the south,” according to Mikko Tung.

“We are excited that more Mindanaoans are discovering the delicious taste of our Ligo Sardines and other products. Because of their warm reception to the recent #LigoLami campaign, our brand was able to expand its presence and market share, following decades of memorable dining moments with Filipinos nationwide,” he also added.

Earlier this year, the “Maka-higugma Nga Lami” Ligo commercial featuring brand ambassador Tom Rodriguez took over the Mindanao online sphere.

Since its launch, the video has generated more than 750,000 of combined views, reactions, and comments on social media. Individuals, students, bands, and choir groups alike shared their love for Ligo and the online video. Their own playful TVC parodies and musical covers further pushed the campaign’s success in the region.

For more details on Ligo products and easy recipes, visit ligo.com.ph. Check out their latest posts at facebook.com/ligo.philippines and  @ligosardinesph on Instagram.


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