Pinoyspotting: Puerto Vallarta

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Flavors of Manila in Puerto Valarta (Photo by Agnes Alikpala, MD)

Flavors of Manila in Puerto Valarta (Photo by Agnes Alikpala, MD)

On the way to our hotel in Puerto Vallarta, a Filipino flag caught my attention. The next day, we went to the mini mall and found the restaurant "Flavors of Manila" but it was closed. The people at the store next door were very helpful and called the proprietor by phone so we could talk. We made arrangements to meet the next day.

The restaurant owner's name is Jomelyn Angel Sanchez, born in Omingan, Pangasinan, raised in Sampaloc,  a graduate of Philippine Maritime Institute. Her work history: security at the Ninoy Aquino International Aiport in Manila, security supervisor at Princess Cruise Lines, and security at Four Seasons Hotel.

Flavors of Manila's Jomelyn Angel Sanchez (Photo by Agnes Alikpala, MD)

Flavors of Manila's Jomelyn Angel Sanchez (Photo by Agnes Alikpala, MD)

Her spouse is Elizabeth Revero Diaz, a Mexican.

The restaurant is officially opening in September. So far, Jomelyn has cooked for Filipino crew from the cruise lines that dock a couple of blocks away. In the meantime, the restaurant is a beer joint in the evenings for a primarily Mexican clientele.

Jomelyn opened the place for my group of three Filipinos and cooked seafood as ordered. She learned how to cook at her aunt's restaurant in Manila.

This place is highly recommended when one hankers for Filipino food in Puerto Vallarta- cooked to order and served by a very engaging Filipina!