Tilapia in the Philippines

Tilapia is the common name for nearly a hundred species of cichlid fishes that are native to Africa.

tilapia fish

Spelling variations in Tagalog: tilapiya, talapya, talapiya

The larger species are referred to as pla pla.

Tilapia farming is an industry in the Philippines.

The fish grow fast in the tropical climate. Filipinos love to fry and grill tilapya.

The cooked flesh is dipped in a mixture of calamansi and soy sauce.

piniritong tilapya
fried tilapia

inihaw na tilapya
tilapia grilled out in the open, usually over coals

Miss Tilapia is the name of a komiks character created by Mars Ravelo that was turned into a movie in the 1950’s. She was played by Filipina actress Gloria Romero.