Ilocandia’s Biggest Burger For The Fun Of It

Ilocandia's Biggest Burger

Some things in life are not cheap, hahah, they cost time and calories. Like Leehua and Marion love to say, live a little, and so we traveled to Vigan to examine closely the biggest burger north of Manila.

The monstrous R12 Burger, measuring 11 inches in diameter and 4 inches tall, is the attraction of Kusina de Kenyong, owned by Kenley Rodillas Filarca, although the restobar is also known for its Ilocano fusion pastas, highlighting the Vigan longaniza.

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The hamburger can feed the whole tourist bus! It’s stuffed with a 1-kilo beef patty that tastes like a flattened meatball. The bread is kinda massive and overwhelms. They grill the bread and meat, so it’s not really soggy. The burger we had is not the biggest burger on the menu.  They also have another one with a 2-kilo beef patty.

You will also see on the menu the tiniest burgers. Hahah, I’m still on the edge. Can’t type much.

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We browsed and picked some things at the MC3 store. It’s actually a cool place for fun fashion items.


Kusina de Kenyong Calle Salcedo, Vigan City, Philippines Tel. No.: (77)259 9359 CP No.: 017 558 5256

Photographed by Marion and Blauearth
© Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2014

Trailing the First Dragon Fruit Picking Festival in the North


The REFMAD Farms of the Dacuycuys will always have a special place in the heart of the author of BlauEarth. She has witnessed how the humble hut, surrounded by varying heights of dragon fruit posts, has been markedly reduced in prominence over the years. The baby of Ms. Edita Dacuycuy is now a lady, ever blooming and ripening.

From time to time, Ms. Edita is able to leave the farm to her daughter Mildred aka Mimie (her co-planner and gal Friday since day one) and travel and share the good news about how growing dragon fruit in Ilocos has helped not only her family, but other farmers and communities as well, besides the healthy benefits of this high value crop.

The well-loved farmer in Ilocos Norte has made a significant contribution to tourism — the bucolic yet contemporary destination continues to attract visitors from all walks of life.

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Mimie shares with us photos from one of the international exhibits and expositions REFMAD Farms has participated in. She carries the nation’s colors everywhere she goes. She’s met many wonderful people (like Chef Gaita Fores, in photo below) and learned significant global trends and techniques that she wishes to adopt and practice in the farm. “Her hands are full,” Mimie says when asked if her mom is ready to leave the nitty gritty to her.

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The brainchild of Mimie, the just concluded first Dragon Fruit Picking festival at the farm (the start of a yearly thing) was well-attended by friends and dragon fruit fans, and covered by both national and local media. I was actually the last picker at the 5-day festival. I liked it because I was able to sit down with her for the first time. It was always Tita Edita who taught me the things I needed to learn about dragon fruit.

The hardworking duo behind the successful REFMAD Farms wish they have more time for all the things they haven’t done yet. With a lot of TLC, quality soil and, yes, music (you have to go there to believe), they are able to harvest 10-12 times in 6 months. Their ice cream and vegan dragon fruit lumpia (that tastes like meat) are attractions in themselves. Their dragon fruit wine was featured at Sofitel. Their vinegar is also doing well.

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International exhibit photos courtesy of Mildred Dacuycuy
Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2014