More Photos from Iloilo

The Molo Church and a prayer

This coming Sunday, Season 3 of the top-rating FoodPrints food travelogue show of Chef Sandy Daza is premiering at 8 PM on the Lifestyle Network. Baguio was exciting even behind the scenes. Before I leave tomorrow for yet another FoodPrints shoot, here are more photos from Iloilo. But Iloilo is so photographable, so expect more in the days to come. I haven’t even posted all the food we experienced.

I also had my own personal discoveries like the KBL, dinuguan and kilawin of Breakthrough,  puto lanson (cassava puto), a great gelato place at the Plazuela de Iloilo, BongBong’s piaya from my fellow blogger and friend Asunta, and I regret not buying more pastries from the Panaderia de Iloilo. Their hojaldres and rosquetes are super and the goat milk barquillos are better than your average barquillos. And how can one ever forget Maridel’s?

Aside from century-old recipes, Iloilo is known for heritage churches. Chef Pauline, Chef Sandy Daza’s guest, had a cooking demo right in front of the Molo Church. If you didn’t catch my Jaro Church post, here’s the link. The province is also known for a string of grand festivals. We caught the energy of the Paraw Regatta dance competition, but Dinagyang is still the grandest of them all, says our guide.

Many thanks to our wonderful hosts and tour guides.

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Some photos by Ian Jorda, Poks Madrid, Asunta Rufino and Melanie de Leon
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Craving Kopi Roti

Kopi Roti Breakfast

Ali, Jeng and I almost missed our flight to Iloilo because of this Kopi Roti breakfast at Kopi Roti at the NAIA Terminal 3. And as usual, I am to blame because I had a difficult time choosing which bread to have with my iced kopi. And then I have to take photos of everything that passes down my maw.

Kopi Roti Kaya Toast

I’m not too familiar with Singaporean cuisine. I’ve tried Martine’s Kaya spread (in a bottle), a coconut jam famous in Singapore and Malaysia, before, but it was nothing spectacular at first try. The experience of bringing together a kaya toast, dripping in condensed milk, and perfectly soft boiled eggs, with what looked like chocolate, but is actually soya sauce and white pepper is something I’m craving about every morning. I’ve never had soft boiled eggs so good! The kopi bun, their signature bread, looked appetizing too. It’s meant to be dipped in the egg-soya sauce mixture. The coffee was surprisingly better than your average caffeine fix.

It was worth running about 50 ft to board the shuttle to the plane.

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Abra’s Pillow-Soft Puto by Princess


The first time I visited Abra was to check the free-range chicken and French pates of the Pamora Farms (here). Then I went back to check the famous antique binakol weaves (here), and bought preserved kamias from Valera Enterprises. In those two times I went up to Abra, no one ever suggested I should try the delicacies at Princess Restaurant. When I woke up, I saw two boxes on the dining table, opened one and tried to figure out what were inside. They looked like puto, but I wasn’t really sure ‘coz even without tasting you could tell that they were soft like marshmallows. Before I ruin the dainty arrangement, I took photos just in case they are worth sharing. A friend gave them as pasalubong for my husband. I had to double check with the giver if they were indeed puto.


Puto is a Filipino rice cake and traditionally steamed. It can take the place of bread, like eat it with butter, or cream cheese (for the more sosyal),or pair it with another dish. Dinuguan tastes so much better when eaten with puto. And it’s only lately that I discovered in Iloilo that banana leaf-wrapped puto is ubiquitous in all the batchoy (local noodle soup) places. The classic texture of puto is spongy, with a tiny  bit of roughness for some bite (the way I like my rice puto).

Going back to the modern puto, topped with grated cheese, from Bangued, Abra, the texture is somewhere in between a marshmallow cake (if you’ve tried those coconut mallow desserts) and an angel food cake. So it must be made from a special flour, but not even sure ‘coz the pillowy soft thing is white, and not even quite like mamon. It is not too rich, nor sweet, just heavenly. Maybe, if you are around Bangued, you can drop by Princess Restaurant and Groceries, where these puto are made. A box contains 25 pieces. I was too embarrassed to ask the giver about the price, so maybe you can ring them up to inquire. They also make other cakes, which makes me want to visit them soon.


Princess Restaurant and Groceries Taft, Bangued, Abra, Philippines Tel. No.: +63 74 752 8465

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ZOO-CRAZY idea in Adams

No to a Zoo in Adams
Chunks of high biodiversity forests in Adams, the last frontier in the North, are part of a protected area (Kalbario-Patapat Natural Park), a critical habitat (Adams Wildlife Critical Habitat) and the proposed Northern Ilocos Norte Natural Park (assessed during the time of President Corazon Aquino and still pending approval). Word is getting around, a ZOO enterprise, which entails locking up animals, is being considered in Adams.

The Animal Welfare Act states: It shall be the duty of every person to protect the natural habitat of the wildlife. Destruction of said habitat shall be considered as a form of cruelty to animals and its preservation is a way of protecting the animals. Neither is it lawful to introduce exotic species or man-made factors that will affect the existence of wildlife, according to the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.

Please oppose whatever project that will compromise the welfare of the last remaining natural habitats in the North. No to lock up of animals!  Please pass the word around.

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