Inspirational Tales from Tita Olivie’s Bilao and Lechong Manok

Tita Olivia Roura- Buencamino is the person behind the famous Olivie’s Bilao, Binalot Foods and Lechong Manok. Whenever you are in San Miguel, Bulacan – try to visit her restaurant and try their specialties.

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boodle meal

Our group was able to see some of her well-known dishes at the 1st Pista ng San Miguel de Mayumo within the Saint Michael of Archangel compound.

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menu board

She is a nurse by profession while her husband is a physician. Our group were able to visit her in restaurant that has the ambiance of rustic nipa hut ( bahay kubo ) theme.  The sitting capacity is between 70 to 85 people at any given time.

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interior

We were later joined by a friend Joseph Cruz from the plant society. Some people would think that Tita Olive is an old woman in her 60’s, which sometimes would left her at awe.

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beautiful wall decor

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special boodle fight

The group were served several of her well-loved dishes boodle style. There were three additional adobong isaw ( chicken intestine), balun-balunan ( chicken gizzard) and adobong puwet ng manok  (chicken ass).

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left to right and top to bottom : adobong leeg ng manok, adobong balun-balunan, adobong isaw ng manok and adobong puwet ng manok

We also tried their boodle fight sa bilao eal which consisted of pork and chicken barbecue, itlog na maalat ( salted duck egg) chopped tomatoes, sisig, pork liempo and large portion of rice. There are also condiments like soy sauce, bird’s eye chilies, calamansi and vinegar to  match one’s taste preference.

Customers are encourage to use bare hands in eating at the restaurant.

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lemonade

We also tried their own lemonade and puno’s ice cream from nearby Nueva Ecija province.

Inspirational Story

Tita Olive is one of the few individual that treats her lechong manok business more of ” laro-laro” (a mere play, where she finds joy and happiness rather than being pressured to make a profit).

She used to be a very shy person before becoming a medical sales representative.   where the art of marketing skills and talking to ordinary people were acquired.

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lechong manok

She started her business way back in 2006, with an initial capitalization of just Php 20,000. She bought a lechon manok stall within the town which had closed down. Without much knowledge, she tried her luck asking friends and relatives who knew the recipe of making roasted chicken.

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lechong manok with special sauce

They would give her the ingredients but the measuring system would rely on  personal estimate (tantiya) rather than exact measurement. She also attended some short courses. She has all those measuring spoons and cups in the house so that when the volume of the restaurant’s particular dish is increased depending on the order, she can maintain the expected quality and not lose the so-called magic of the taste.

One key element that amazes the group was that she keeps a low-profit margin, relying on sales volume to keep the business running. Sir Lebon Ong said that her style is like the Chinese.

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Tita Olive, showed us her own style of marination and the way she prepares her own roasted chicken (lechon manok). She would order them every other day in chicken farm and she made it sure that all the chicken are freshly killed. This is also to assure quality and freshness that makes her customers coming back. She also have her on style of special chicken sauce.

Her roasted chicken is similar to a popular roasted chicken in the country.

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Tita Olivia Roura- Buencamino together with media, bloggers and industry practitioners- photo courtesy of Mr. Rodel Carating 

The restaurant and roasted chicken earnings from peak seasons would just go to year-end bonuses of staff (for December). While payment of business permits and taxes (for January). What is worth emulating is her attitude towards her employees,  dynamism, positivity and creativity. She would also accepts new ideas, suggestions and feedback from her customers.

Tita Olive’s roasted chicken is sold in 21 branches throughout San Miguel and other parts of Bulacan and Nueva Ecija provinces.

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Tita Olivia’s Bilao and Binalot Foods ” Kamayan sa Bahay Kubo”

Address: San Jose, San Miguel, Bulacan, San Miguel, Bulacan 3011

Contact : 0917-576-2828 / 0922-878-2405

Aling Lucy Payawal Art of Atchara Making

Aling Lucila “Lucy”Payawal who is in her mid-70’s is known for her famous achara/atsara/atchara and kalamay sa latik native recipes.

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Aling or Tita Lucila ” Lucy” Paywal

Heirloom Recipes

Aling Lucila ” Lucy” Payawal brother is the father of Mr. Edward Payawal who is the proprietor of Thumbs Up restaurant, while the mother of Ms. Kat Garcia( wife of Sir Ervin Garcia) is the sister of Aling Lucy who hails from the Payawal clan.

According to Sir Lebon Ong and some local food historian, local atchara/achara / atsara was originally an Indian pickle dish with an alternate spelling called “achaar”. These are from pickled vegetables or fruits. Similar pickled vegetable are also found in neighboring southeast Asian countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Also called ” Acar” or ” Atjar, in Dutch.

Vegetables or fruits are finely chopped and marinated in brine or edible oils along with different Indian spices and food coloring.

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atsara/ atchara/ achara

But the Philippine version is a hybrid of both Indian and Southeast Asian, minus the spiciness but with stronger vinegar and adding achuete/atsuete/ annatto as coloring.

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atsara/ achara/ atchara

Since the late Spanish and American administration, San Miguel town is already popular for her achara/ atsara/ atchara, preserve minamis na santol and dayap, kalamay, pastillas de leche. These are normally serve on special occasions like fiesta, birthdays or visiting tourists.

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Ms. Cristina Gonzales – a local atsara/ achara/ atchara, kakanin maker and seller from San Miguel, Bulacan together with Architect Ervin Garcia

I would remember that my dad would always bring locally made achara / atsara from San Miguel. The atsara / achara from the town taste milder and the papaya is grated finely compared to the ones being sold within Metro Manila.

In some parts of the country the ingredients may vary depending on the availability, some may use jicama,picama/singkamas , cucumber (pipino ), slices of ginger, onions or shallots ( sibuyas tagalog).

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Aling Lucila Payawal

She also does her pickled papaya and creates Kalamay sa latik (sweet glutinous sticky rice) with latik.

This start with choosing the right ingredients since not all varieties of papaya can be use for making achara/ atsara. Sir Lebon Ong shared that the preferred ones are called ” susong matanda” papaya, These papayas are elongated shaped like breast of an old woman, hence the local common name.

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Aling Lucy Pawayal folding the cheese cloth with grated green papaya

She also uses cheese cloth/ katsa, grater, sweet green syrup, carrots, raisins, onions, red bell pepper.

She is also careful in handling the young papaya. She would soak them in water with salt to minimize the papaya getting brown and make her hands itchy.

She also uses a small amount of alum power (tawas) just before squeezing the water content. She does heirloom recipes that is worth sharing and publishing in recipe books.

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bottled atchara/ atsara/ achara made by Aling Lucy Payawal

Aling Lucy Payawal special heirloom atsara/ atchara/ achara is available at Arki’s Grill and Thumbs Up restaurant and upon reservation.

Phone no: 09158653540

Contact Person: Mr. Edward Payawal

Contact Persons: Sir Ervin or Mrs. Kat Garcia

  Phone no. 0935 889 1003

References:

Personal interview with Aling Lucilla ” Lucy ” Pawayal, Ms. Cristina Gonzales, Sir Lebon Ong.

Arsana, Lother (2013). “Authentic Recipes from Indonesia”. Tuttle Publishing. pp. 31–32. ISBN 9781462905355. Retrieved 9 February 2015.

Opening Highlights of the 72nd Mid-Year Philippine Orchid Society’s Show

Philippine Orchid Society in partnership with Quezon City government, Quezon City memorial circle administration and with sponsors Del Monte, Philippines, Manila Bulletin and Villar Sipag Foundation opened the 72nd mid-year show with stunning landscape exhibits.

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l-r Mrs. Susan Lee, Mrs. Josefina ” Joy ” Belmonte -Alimurung, Senator Cynthia A. Villar, Mrs. Gloria Angara, Mrs. Evelyn G. Laviña and Mr. Kelvin Niel Manubay 

The ribbon cutting ceremonies was held at the Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ( Flower Garden), past 4:30 pm with Quezon City Lancaster band.

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Floral Designer’s Circle of the Philippines

Guests of honor included Mrs. Evelyn G. Laviña (Department of Agriculture-Undersecretary,Undersecretary for High Value Crops and Rural Credit), Senator Cynthia A. Villar, Mrs. Gloria Angara and Mrs. Josefina ” Joy ” Belmonte -Alimurung ( Vice Mayor of Quezon City).

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First place-Best Orchid in Landscape -Mr. Manuel and Mrs. Susan Lee

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Mrs.Ana Ruth Purificacion-Conde and Mrs. Corazon Purificacion-Second Place

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Mrs. Ana Ruth Purificacion-Conde and Mrs. Corazon Purificacion- Third Place

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Fortune Catering Services

Fortune Catering Services was the official caterer of the event. The meal that the catering had provided was already an early evening meal.

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The early evening meal meal consists of rice, pork kaldereta, lumpiang shanghai, pancit canton, mix fruits salad with pili nuts and desserts.

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Desserts

For those who wanted to avail of their catering services , the minimum is 55 people at Php 300 per head or Php 16,500. They are based in Makati .

Contact Person : Mr. Eric Ang

Contact Details : 254-9686 /254-97-03

(0998-5365597)

Email :ericang1019@yahoo.com

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members and guests

The show is until September 10, 2018 and there will be daily lectures and talks starting tomorrow. There are also about 60 stalls with different kinds of orchids, plants, plastic  pots, fertilizers and other items for sale.

There is a minimal entrance fees of Php 30 for the general public and Php 20.00 for students, senior citizens and pwd with valid Id’s.

Note: This is the partial list of winners of the 72nd mid-year orchid and garden show

 

 

Orchid fantasies and bonsai grandeur at the 72nd Philippine Orchid Society show

Orchid and bonsai lovers will be very happy to know that there are a lot to see at the ongoing Philippine Orchid Society show at the Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ( Flower Garden) within Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

The show is in partnership with the Quezon City government and with generous sponsors Del Monte- Philippines   , Villar Sipag Foundation 

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bonsai and plant enthusiasts from Republic of China ( ROC/ Taiwan) which were invited by Mr. Manuel and Susan Lee.

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A colorful cultural dance presentation by the students of San Vicente Elementary School of Quezon City. This is a precursor for the upcoming Flora Filipina International Show in 2019.

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L-R Mrs. Norma Villanueva ( PHSI president) and Mrs. Gloria Angara ( wife of Senator Edgardo Angara )

The show started with a colorful lion dance past 4:00 pm last March 8 with hundreds of invited guests from different organizations, international bonsai masters from Republic of China, Mrs. Gloria Angara, Dr. Preciosa Soliven, Mr. Joselito ” Butch” Campos Jr., Dir. Mundita Lim, Ms. Camille Villar and members of the organization.

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bonsai and cacti on display

There are also about 130 bonsai trees and cacti in decorative ceramic pots on display- Mostly from the personal collection of Mr. Manuel and Susan Lee and the late Modesto Manglicmot Jr. There were about 2 dozen suiseiki ( art of stone appreciation and collecting ) too.

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Allied Botanical Corporation booth

Try to visit about 70 commercial stalls from different parts of the country selling different items from plastic pots, bonsai, native orchids, fertilizers, seeds, cacti , succulents , fruit trees , ornamental plants, ferns and even pitcher plants.

Manila Bulletin is among the news print media partner of the show.

There are daily lectures, workshops and seminars which starts at 2:00 pm. There is a minimal entrance fees of Php 30 for general public and Php 20 for senior citizens and students with valid Id’s. The show is until March 19, 2018.

 

 

 

Meet-Up with the Travelling Clatt

It was a hot sunny sunday afternoon past 1:00pm when i arrived at the historic Luneta Park to meet a youtuber and traveler. I have subscribed to his channel last year and when he decided to have a short Luneta meet-up, I decided to meet and learn a few information about his stay in the country.

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His had been travelling around the world for the past 3 years and He had been in the country since late November 2017.

He had traveled several provinces and islands. During the meet-up/ eyeball there were about 20 people who came from different parts of Metro Manila.

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Chinese garden 

We toured the Chinese garden and parts of the Rizal Park , after the short video taping. PAG-ASA had announce thru their social media accounts that the summer season had officially begun.  There was a lantern festival exhibit at the Chinese garden.

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Japanese garden

This was also a nice opportunity to visit these places since they waived the entrance fees.

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National Museum of Natural History ( used to be called Department of Tourism building from 1973 to early 2010 and Agriculture Building from the late 1930’s to early 1970’s) soon to be open to the general public by April 2018. 

We also toured the National Museum of Anthropology ( housed at the former Finance building)  and took the respite from the blazing afternoon sun and heat. It was a good idea, since the museum was air-conditioned and some of the participants first time to the visit the place.

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 travelling clatt interviews some of the participants

The national museum complex used to charge an entrance fee for the general public before 2016 except during sundays ( it was free).  Since few people would visit the place ( except on field trip or mandatory school assignments ).

There was a survey few years ago by a popular survey firm that there were more people who would visit malls amusement parks than visiting museums all over the country.  The museum board of directors decided to waive the entrance fees so that more people can enjoy the country’s rich history , heritage and culture.

This is quite alarming, with a lot of museums and exhibition places in the country that the general public must visit to learn more about their country’s history and heritage.

Unlike some Asian countries which would charge a higher entrance fees to foreigners and expats, All the museums in the country would charge flat rates.

We end the meet-up with group photo, a short video of the participants with travelling clatt and he even treated some of the participants to a refreshing buko ( coconut juice) . Try to watch and subscribe to his youtube channel and know his travel around the world.

As a postcard collector/ postcrosser , i took time to let them write their names at a piece of postcard which features Manila cityhall and will be mailing them with the latest stamps issued by PHLPOST.

If you like to have a postcards with signed autograph by travelling clatt and the participants, just send me an email with your home address or office address. However i only have few postcards.

 

 

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