Bang for the Peso Adams Bugnay Wine

Bugnay Berries

Adams, the one-barangay town high in the sylvan mountains, close by Pagudpud, knows its wines.

Adams, curiously, is a melting pot of tribal cultures. It has mastered the Cordilleran (Kankanaey) way of fermenting rice into a wine called tapuey. About 4 or 5 years ago, the local community introduced more wines, giving rise to a thriving wine industry.

Its wine made from bugnay (Antidesma bunius) fruit has become notoriously in demand. Touted to be the next wonder fruit, bugnay or bignay fruit is known to contain phytochemicals with potent antioxidants, which function to protect the body from free radical damage.

Adams Bugnay Wine

I sold about 20 boxes at a pre-Christmas eco bazaar some years back. A bottle of the sweet and tarty wine, costing just a little over a hundred pesos, can stand in lieu of fancy wines. I know of connoisseurs who have come to appreciate bugnay wine from Adams.

Buying from the Adams Wine Makers Association is synonymous with helping far-flung communities achieve their dreams.

Adams wines are available in Adams and at souvenir shops and select groceries in Ilocos.

Adams Bugnay Wine
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Paint me a rainbow in Adams

Sunrise

The sun endearingly lit up our Sunday roadtrip to the bucolic little town named Adams nestled in the northern end of the Cordillera Mountain Range. Yes, with a sigh of relief, there’s still such a sylvan habitat in Ilocos, and my homies immersed in the quiet elegance of nature. Peace on earth!

A Rainbow in AdamsRainbow on GreenThe road to AdamsFollow the leadThe river flowsRiverbankMarylaine in AdamsTourist Transport

The only public transport in Adams.

EvesSilong diay Adams

Silong diay Adams. Red mountain rice is enough only for local consumption.

Housing MaterialsLola Ingga and her wines

Lola Dominga Acupan gifts me with her famous Adams tapuey, and bugnay wine.

A tourist in AdamsA home in AdamsAdams homestay

One of the homestays in Adams. It is like a mini resort complete with a tilapia farm and koi fish breeding pond.

LotusLotus 3Saluyot Tea

Saluyot tea.

Fish FeedWhite KoiAdams Koi Fish PondBold PinkiesLove ShackMonkeyMorning RainVibrant DetailsLenie and Daniel

The Lenie, master cook in Adams, with husband Daniel. Not to miss is an indigenous lunch by the river, awesome local fare!

Adams lunch by LenieGinnetaan a Bilagot

Taro (bilagot) in coconut milk.

StonesNikelado

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Adams, a home away from home

The sun was down when we arrived in Adams. It was quite odd finding these mini betting stations beside the little Catholic chapel during Lent… a little too early for the Adams fiesta.

Brandon and Eugene balled with the local boys before we strolled back to the homestay, where a signature exotic Adams dinner was waiting.

We listened to Eheads and Rivermaya songs performed live by the nephews of our host. Pretty nostalgic and cool. Manang Annavic was asking them to settle down, but we assured her we were enjoying the scene.

We were greeted with hot native Adams cocoa in the morning. Sweetened with muscovado, the thick cocoa drink was a good energizer.

I heart Adams cacao

The Bulo River was shallower than usual, but was inviting as ever.

Adams RiverBulo River, AdamsAlexa

We visited Sinidangan and there are already more houses than before. I was impressed that waste segregation is being practiced in the sitio.

Sitio SinidanganToy TruckWoman and her rice

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Caught hikers and bikers from Manila and Laoag. Jonel, our friend, trekked to Anuplig Falls with his love.

A hearty lunch of fried frogs, coco creamed jackfruit, crawfish boiled in Sprite, exotic red ants (buos), banana heart dinakdakan, kiwet, palileng, sauteed watercress, bilagot and mountain rice.

Bucarot broom, a gift from generous homestay owner Manang Annavic Medrano.

Adams Wines

With warm hearts, we left Adams before sunset. It’s home away from home.

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