Lucia Cunanan

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Lucia Cunanan
Born 1927 or 1928
La Paz, Tarlac, Philippine Islands
Died April 16, 2008
Angeles, Pampanga, Philippines
Other names "Lucing"
Occupation restaurateur
Known for inventing sisig

Lucia "Lucing" Cunanan (1927 or 1928 – April 16, 2008) was a Filipino restaurateur credited in some quarters as having invented or re-invented sisig, a Kapampangan dish now popular all over the Philippines and probably all over the world.[1][2][3]


A typical Aling Lucing outlet.

Born as Lucia Lagman in Tarlac, she settled in Pampanga after her marriage to Victorino Cunanan. She established Aling Lucing's, a restaurant in Angeles City, Pampanga in 1974.[3] Her restaurant featured what has been said as a reinvented variant of sisig which soon became nationally famous.[3] The popularity of her sisig had helped establish Angeles as the "Sisig Capital of the Philippines",[4] and Cunanan herself was dubbed as the "Sisig Queen"


Lucia Cunanan was found bludgeoned to death in her Angeles City home with 10 stab wounds on April 16, 2008. She was 80 years old.[1] Two days after her murder, local police filed parricide charges against her 85-year-old husband, Victorino Cunanan. The reason he killed her is due to a disagreement involving money after she refused to give her husband money to sate his lust for gambling.[5]


  1. ^ a b Tonette Orejas (2008-04-16). "Woman who created native dish slain in Pampanga home". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  2. ^ "RP's sisig queen found dead in Pampanga home". GMANews.TV. 2008-04-16. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  3. ^ a b c "'Sisig Queen' murdered". Sun Star Pampanga. 2008-04-17. Retrieved 2008-04-18. 
  4. ^ "Festivals and Events: Pampanga". The Ultimate Philippines Ultimate Travel Guide For Tourists. Department of Tourism. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  5. ^ Tonette Orejas (2008-04-18). "Husband tagged as suspect in ‘Sisig Queen’s’ murder". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2008-04-18.