The Sights And Flavors of Laguna: Southern Tagalog Kulinarya Caravan

The Sights And Flavors of Laguna: Southern Tagalog Kulinarya Caravan

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Tsinelas, Pahiyas, and Coconuts: Driving the Southern Tagalog Kulinarya Caravan

In series with the Department involving Tourism campaign “Go to the Philippines 2015” is the “Islands Philippines Fun Caravans” because of the Philippine Tour Providers Association (PHILTOA). The project “Island destinations Philippines Fun Caravans”, that has been launched in Drive this year, uses a inventive and fun technique of promoting tourism near your vicinity with its several caravans (a few major caravans and 3 minor caravans) each timetabled to travel around a selected province or a pair of, ranging from three in order to seven days.

Sunrise in Sampaloc Lake
Sunrise in Sampaloc Lake

The subsequent “Islands Philippines Entertaining Caravan” to “roll off” is the Southern Tagalog Kulinarya Caravan. The said caravan is divided in to two parts, the 1st leg (April 25-27, 2015) and also the second leg(Apr 27-29, 2015).

I was lucky enough to have the capacity to join the first and 2nd leg, and, because the participants from the initial leg was accompanied by a new set of members, the caravan was twice as fun!

Early Morning in Sampaloc Lake
Early Morning inside Sampaloc Lake

We left our leaving point Talisay early from dawn, and advancing to San Pablo City, Laguna–our first stop for this caravan. In addition we arrived early, before sunrise, at our own destination. We participants went to Sampaloc Lake intended for passport stamping and also for the short welcoming method.

After we got briefed during the method, we proceeded to help Casa San Pablo for a preparing food demonstration, and also for breakfast time.

Pinaete
Pinaete

I learned that Sampaloc Lake is probably the seven fresh water ponds in the San Pablo, which are the reasons for the ingredients for the city’ersus locally cooked cuisines. The owners of Casa San Pablo also explained to all of us their restaurant’s menu, which they wittily call this “Seven Lakes Breakfast”.

Sinigang na Ayungin
Sinigang na Ayungin

During this cooking demo, the particular chefs served seven local dishes, which included a bowlful of Sinigang na Ayungin. The chef said that this freshwater fish Ayungin, and that is very abundant not only in Sampaloc but also in San Pablo Town’s six other fresh water lakes, was very best served as sinigang.

Sweet San Pablo Longganisa
Sweet San Pablo Longganisa

They likewise served Pinaete, a recipe made of sliced shrimps (prepared from the local Palakpakin Body of water) cooked in coconut milk.

We also had itlog na maalat for breakfast. It travelled well with the tomatoes and onions it turned out served with. This dried Biya (a bass) eaten with the itlog na maalat produced the breakfast somewhat more nostalgic, and the inclusion of the Longganisa ng San Pablo, having its garlicky aftertaste and mild sweetness, gave us all in which homey, early-morning feel that Laguna gives.

Dried Biya
Dried Biya

We had a side dish which the locals called Pantapik. It was salty in addition to sweet as it was made of a roasted acidic tomatoes, and pickled fruits and vegetables.

We had hot?Tsokolate topped along with crispy?pinipig, just to soften the aftertastes of all these scrumptious local cuisines we just had.

Lambanog Shots in Casa San Pablo
Lambanog Images in Casa San Pablo Cargo area & Breakfast

After breakfast we start yet another gastronomical adventure under the coconut trees. The area cooks showed us how to make simple recipes away from coconuts. The resort manager told to us how Lambanog, the wine made from coconuts, appeared, before we all stood a shot!

Pantapik - local side dish
Pantapik – local area dish

Like most provinces with Southern Tagalog, Laguna is abundant with coconuts, which is why most of the foods in the province uses coconuts as one of the key components. Aside from the Pinaete (the one we had for breakfast), there’s also this Kulawo, which is made from the actual smoky flavor created by slightly burned avocado milk, and with roasted eggplant.

Underground Cemetery of Nagcarlan
Underground Cemetery of Nagcarlan

We packed ourselves with San Pablo’s finest food, and after that we’d to say goodbye to be able to Casa San Pablo and intelligent the town of Nagcarlan. Nagcarlan is the most suitable known for its Subway Cemetery… where we’d a brief stop.?It had been followed by a visit?on the Municipal Building to acquire our passports placed, and for a short pleasing reception.

Menudong Gulay
Menudong Gulay

After that we were shown a cooking food demo of Menudong Gulay. In addition to who said we were stuffed already? Obviously we had to tastes Nagcarlan’s Menudong Gulay! We all had your morning merienda of menudong gulay, pianono, and several espasol for sweets. I was also served fresh coconut juice with regard to drinks while watching many lively performance coming from a local marching wedding band.

Espasol from Nagcarlan
Espasol from Nagcarlan

From Nagcarlan, the caravan they proceeded to Liliw, which opened up its customary Tsinelas Festival days earlier just for the actual caravan. The streets have been decorated with really colorful umbrellas, which quickly made everyone obtain set for the joyful mood. The mayor, Honorable Ericson Jovellano Sulibit, and his better half, personally greeted people participants. Not long after we were also approached by a talented band of local hip hop dancers. We danced our method to the passport rubber stamping area.

Tsinelas Festival
Tsinelas Festival

Before we all journeyed shopping for our party favors and our own couples of colorful tsinelas, a local baker?showed us how to make a delicacy called the Uraro. Many of us went to Saint Ruben the Baptist Parish Church subsequently.

Saint John the Baptist Parish Church in Liliw Laguna
Saint John the Baptist Parish?Religious organization in Liliw Laguna

After Liliw, the caravan went along to the municipality associated with Majayjay. The welcoming wedding celebration was situated in the San Bartolome Apostol Parish Church, which is, in accordance with the locals, almost a century old. After your passport stamping at this time there, we were guided to work of the Mayor, Victorino Rodillas.

Inside San Bartolome Apostol Parish Church in Majayjay Laguna
Inside Saint Gregory The Great Parish?Church?in Majayjay Laguna

Welcome Reception at Costales Farm
Welcome Wedding reception at Costales Nature Farm

One on the other places we traveled to during the caravan was Costales Nature Farm, which was at the foot of Mt. Banahaw. But it hasn’t been just some farm. We had arrived surprised to see folkloric ballroom dancers from Southern Luzon Point out University greet us all with their colorful outfits at the reception! Next we had a tour around the farm. Majority of the plant life and products from the park were organic.

Mrs Josephine Costales giving a short talk about Agri-Tourism
Mrs Josephine Costales giving a short talk about Agri-Tourism

A preparing demo of Atsarang Ubod, constructed from pickled vegetables, served while our appetizer for our lunch time of organic lechon and also organic vegetable salad afterwards.

Organic Egg Farming
Organic Egg Grinding – Costales Nature Farms

The caravan’s final cease was at Lucban, Quezon, a town famous for its Pahiyas Festival. Most of us stopped at Colleguerrrs Commissary, where we all noticed lines of kgs of sweet, delicious, oily, sisig, lechong kawali, and crispy pata. It wasn’t dinner time during and then, sadly!

Buddys Lechon Kawali
Buddys Lechon Kawali

We were approached by yet another dynamic group of rondalla-playing youth?for the reception. We were dished up Pancit Hab-hab. We got our us passports stamped one last occasion that day.

Pancit Lucban
Pancit Lucban

We went to the town center of Lucban, where we witnessed a quick demonstration on how to make?“kiping”. A kiping is a vibrant leaf-like wafer made from ground grain and food colouring. The ground rice is poured on top of a Kabal leaf, and then steamed. The mold is carefully removed from the leaf and left out for you to harden in its last form. The kiping, which requires finesse and patience, is used embellish the houses during the Pahiyas Festivity. We tried doing a kiping ourselves, and it was not simple!

How to make Kiping
How to make Kiping

After immersing inside us the festivity of the town, we advancing to the Municipal Corridor. We were entertained through another cultural functionality by the locals. The performers played mainly cultural dances and ethnic songs with their rondalla-playing tools, but the musicians offered a little twist on the music and flipped it into some sort of reggae, groovy beat that made us all show up. The night ended as being a party with the new music, and the festivity from the whole town.

After having a party and dancing and all sorts of that, we all headed to Patio Rizal, your overnight accommodation. There we were all beat, along with the music from Lucban all played in our mind as we finally dozed off and away to rest for the day.

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