Discovering Banna Otap


True serendipity. If not for my uncle JBoy Abadilla, I wouldn’t have known Banna makes very good otap, a flaky sugared pastry.  He served it at his home when we visited him today and I couldn’t wait to check out the source, right in his own backyard.

A few houses away is Monette’s Bakery which is your typical corner bakery that makes tinapay. You wouldn’t normally find the otap on the shelves but in an “orocan.” Mrs. Imelda Marcos and many Bataquenos are good customers, the owner says.

Banna Otap

The Banna otap is made of crispy thin phyllo, which resembles the delicate quality of arguellanas. We all loved the lightness of this otap. Bought an “exagge” of 50 packs . When you head east, try visiting Monette’s Bakery on Zamora Street.

Banna OtapMonette's BakeryBanna Otap
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Rice Coffee Providing Sustainable Livelihood for Women in Banna

Banna Blend Rice Coffee

The aroma of freshly roasted rice for coffee at 6 AM in my younger years is still evocative as ever. Not really coffee with caffeine, the rice brew is child-friendly and healthy.

Rice coffee is said to aid in hyperacidity and constipation and is a good source B vitamins, potassium, zinc and dietary fiber.

In the period of everything instant, women in Banna have made life easier for rice coffee lovers. Hence the One Town, One Product (OTOP) product made from special hybrid rice locally grown in Banna, which is helping women earn and help sustain a family.

Banna Blend Rice Coffee

One of the more popular brands is the Banna Blend Rice Coffee produced by the Bagnos Cooperative in Binacag. It’s been featured in lifestyle shows and the Ilocos Norte product has reached other parts of the globe as of late. In Laoag, Banna Blend is available at souvenir shops. and select grocers.

Banna Blend Rice Coffee WarehouseBanna ChildrenBanna Blend Rice CoffeeGlory's Refreshment, BannaLomi

Our stopover in Banna before heading home. Lomi with lots of sauteed liver.

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