Philippine Embassy in Australia

Welcome to the Cultural Gallery of the Philippine Embassy in Australia! This is an online platform of resources curated by the Embassy for the Fillipino-Australian community and anyone who is interested to learn more about the rich cultural heritage of the Philippines. We invite you to explore this webpage for videos, photos and activities on Filipino cuisine, art, tourism, language and many more.

Home Cooking with Yasmin Newman

Yasmin Newman is a food and travel writer, photographer, presenter, cookbook author and proud ambassador of Filipino cuisine.

Yasmin’s first cookbook, 7000 Islands: Cherished Recipes and Stories Philippines, published in 2013, was the first of its kind in Australia and has since been re-released in a new collector’s edition. Her second title, The Desserts of New York (And How to Eat Them All) was published in 2017 to media acclaim. Her third cookbook, an evocative celebration of the Philippines and its food, is set to come out in 2021.

As a Filipina-Australian (her mother was born and raised in the Philippines, her father in Australia),Yasmin resides in Sydney and returns regularly to the Philippines, where she and her young family now have a second home.

In this video supported by the Department of Tourism in the Philippines, Yasmin teaches us her mom’s cassava cake recipe. Yasmin says, “Growing up in Australia, my mum often made one of her favourites from home: cassava cake. Over the years, she became known as the ‘cassava queen’ for her delicious take on this classic Filipino dessert – set off with a scorched condensed milk caramel topping. At last year’s Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, I served it with my own version of buko sorbetes, or coconut ice cream, and the combination is divine. Here’s the recipe and you’ll be surprised how easy it is to make!”

Intramuros Virtual Tours

Since you cannot fly to visit the Philippines, we are bringing the Philippines to you! Starting with Manila, we invite you to walk the cobbled streets of this old city and experience the colonial history of the country.

Intramuros, which literally means “within walls”, was built in the 16th century as the capital of Spain’s new colony, the Philippines. Today, Intramuros continues to host landmark structures that drive the national historic consciousness of Filipinos. Intramuros Virtual Tours was launched in line with the Intramuros Administration’s “Travel From Home” campaign and in partnership with the Department of Tourism in the Philippines. This month of July, visit Baluarte de San Diego and Casa Manila from the comfort of your own home.

Baluarte de San Diego

Walk inside the Baluarte de San Diego located within the vast walls of Intramuros and learn more about the history of the Philippines and the transformation of this former military fortification to a charming and nostalgic garden.

Casa Manila

Visit Casa Manila inside Plaza San Luis, a cultural-commercial complex in Intramuros. Casa Manila is a remarkable house that takes you back in time to the 1800s and showcases the beautiful and practical designs of a Philippine colonial home.