One Vittoria Hotel: A new boutique hotel near Vigan

One Vittoria Hotel

In business, always at the center of entrepreneur Marsha Navarro Chua’s mind is comfort and convenience (especially for the tired traveler to the North). A pleasurable pasalubong store and rest area, her well-loved Marsha’s Delicacies, which prides of its royal bibingka and other quality delicacies, (along the National Highway in Bantay, only a few kilometers away from world-famous historic Vigan), is complemented by the One Vittoria Hotel, a new place to stay in Ilocos, affording modern amenities for bakasyonistas and travelers alike.

Marsha's Delicacies

According to locals, from Marsha’s  former employee I met in Vigan down to the tricycle driver who brought me to One Vittoria Hotel, Marsha’s middle name is nice. I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting one of my most admired, hardworking women entrepreneurs in Ilocos at the FoodPrints Ilocos Sur shoot. Marsha, originally from the land of pili and sili, is married to a Bigueño.

Marsha's Royal BibingkaMarsha’s royal bibingka goes by the tagline, “taste and compare the big difference .”

Sharing a few photos I took of One Vittoria Hotel while waiting for the team.

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One Vittotia Hotel National Highway, Cabalanggan, Bantay, Ilocos Sur, Philippines Contact Nos.: +63 77 604 0054 (landline) / +63 925 318 8885 (Sun) / +63 998 984 5101 (Smart) / +63 917 5784728 (Globe) Website:

Photos with Ms. Marsha Navarro Chua by Melanie de Leon
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Vigan royal bibingka and more from Marsha’s Delicacies

Marsha's Delicacies

Relative to fine, clean and green roads in the north, Marsha’s Delicacies has raised the standard for convenient, easeful pit stops for travelers passing Ilocos. Their well-kept restrooms along with shelves decked out with the Ilocos Region’s cream of the cream have earned the pasalubong shop an enduring beeline since it opened its doors in Cabalanggan, Bantay, Ilocos Sur.

Veering away from old-school paper wrapping, their leading native cake, a repackaged version of the Vigan royal bibingka, comes in neat trays. Yes, Marsha’s Delicacies started a trend for more appealing local products. Clean is big in their vocabulary.

Marsha's Delicacies, Bantay

It usually takes me long to decide which stuff to bring home. As of late, sighted new items like crisp sesame seed-laced opia from San Juan, tubes of Vigan masa pudrida, colorful sayote atchara from Benguet; also select goodies from my hometown, Ilocos Norte, like Banna rice coffee, Adams bugnay wine, sorghum natural sweetener, Pasuquin Bakery biscocho; and other unpredictable items from parts beyond Ilocos.

Marsha's Delicacies

The coffee shop is now serving modern flavored coolers in addition to indigenous refreshments like miki and sinanglao.

What about Ilocos bagnet and longaniza? Keen Marsha Navarro Chua just knows how to pack her shop significantly.

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Señorita Dulce TortaTorta

Something amazing just happened — I finally found the sugar-sprinkled, buttery soft cupcake I’ve been dreaming of since I was about 10 years old. A lady from Ilocos Sur who frequented the house to visit my mom always brought along huge cupcakes that I ate, but never bothered to ask her the name, until such a time that I was able to hit the heritage city on my own, but still no one would know what I was asking about. The Ilocano cuisine in the north differs from that in the south, like their bagnet is chicharon in Ilocos Norte and the Vigan empanada is not orange like the Batac and Laoag empanadas, and we don’t make mantecado bibingka. And the list goes on.

I chanced upon the banana leaf-lined cupcakes at Señorita Dulce along the National Highway in Bantay. They tasted so much like those almost forgotten babies. The only difference is the sprinkling of cheese in the new tortas. And they’re shrunken tortas. Similar to mamon, but not quite. I suppose the original recipe is a contribution from the Spanish colonizers. It’s the banana leaves that give the delicacy a remarkable characteristic and make it Pinoy.

There’s still so much to discover about the Ilocano cuisine.

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