The coconut, the Filipino’s tree of life. Just like the Bicolanos, Ilonggos also use the gata(coconut milk) squeezed out from the grated coconut fruit which we call lahing nga lubi.
Gata, known as coconut milk in English is not really milk but wet coconut oil! This, I learned from the book, The Coconut Cookery of Bicol by Honesto General. He gives out very informative data on the coconut.
In Bicolano, the mature coconut used in cooking dishes or what we call as lahing is known as lukadon in Bicolano. General says that to have a truly successful dish with a gata-base, one should choose the lukadon or lahing.