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Savoring Baliwag’s Culinary & Heritage

Baliwag or Baliuag is a first class municipality within Bulacan province with an estimated population of about 150,000 as of last year . Baliwag is host to almost quarter of a million people during day time.

We normally would have some pit stop in this town on our way to other towns in Bulacan . Our itineraries would composed of visiting some farms , The Greenery and old Baliwag church .  Lakad Pamana , WalkwithChan and a couple of blogger and media group were fortunate to have a chance to have a quick visit of the historic town .

People are normally are familiar with Baliwag Transit , Baliwag lechon manok , Buntal hats and her rich lenten festivities which made the town famous . But there is still more waiting for those interested with Baliwag’s innate charm. Baliwag is also the first town in the country to have an election .

courtesy call Hon .Ferdinand V. Estrella  : photo by Mr. Gerry Suva

A few days ago, Our small group of bloggers and media practitioners were able to tour the culinary heritage of the town . The town is known for her rich orchards , farms and ancestral houses too.

courtesy call to Hon. Ferdinand V. Estrella with Mr. Gilbert Dino and the author   : Photo courtesy of Mr. Gerry Suva 

Our group had made a courtesy call and a mini press conference with the current town Mayor Hon. Ferdinand V. Estrella  , He had been in public service for about 20 years and his achievement is remarkable . His government service tagline ” Pusong Baliwag ,Pusong Makatao ”

free ride service ( photo courtesy : Mr. Gerry Suva) 

One of the commendable projects is the libreng sakay ( free ride ) within the main town plaza . Since tricycles are banned within the main plaza , senior citizens , people with disabilities are the main priorities , but any person can avail of the free shuttle ride. This is one of the most visible projects that the administration is doing .

portion of Baliwag Museum – ( this part used to be a court tribunal )

We were assisted by the municipal tourism office  led  by Ms. Lhan Marasigan Cruz ( office of the mayor) Tourism Office: Edwin Bautista ,  Jose Rizaldy TomaCruz , Cloud Trinidad ,  Gel Labao- President Of Baliwag Historical Society .

Mayor Francisco Gregorio Library- first mayor of Baliwag  ( Photo from Mr. Gerry Suva)

 Our group started the heritage tour with the visit to the old Baliwag Municipal Building which dates back during the late Spanish and early American era. A commemorative marker from the National Museum and National Historical Commission of the Philippines can be seen on the old building entrance.

group photo

Baliwag tourism office also had an office and a small museum and library is located at the second floor. Prominent people who hails from Baliwag had their personal memorabilias and photos hung within the main halls of the museum.

Some of the well-known personalities who contributed a lot to the development of the place like Bert ” Tawa ” Marcelo, Alfonso Ponce Enrile , Mariano Ponce , Roman C. Carreon, sculptor and artist and “Pepita” – Josefa Tiongson y Lara Bulwagan (JOCELYNANG BALIWAG, Kundiman )  among others.  A portion near the window, General Lawton posed a souvenir shot around early 1900 when his troop went to the town , a commemorative plaque serves a reminder of his visit. What is nice about this quaint museum and library is that anyone can visit this museum for FREE , they needed just to register their names at the log book.

Culinary Heritage

Baliwag pandesal

Baliwag pandesal is similar to the ones we have tasted at the adjacent town of Bustos . The pandesal is smaller compared to the regular pandesal and there are several known makers of these town’s specialties . Mr. Gerry Suva also recounted that they would always buy them en-route to other towns of the province.

Some of the iconic bakeries are Tony’s bakery , Lin Mer’s which are famous for their homegrown biscuits like camachile and pandesal .

Baliwag Pasalubong Center 

Baliwag is also known for her fried cornicks, chicharon , pastillas and some of  them are suppliers .

Kalahi Pastillas de Leche

The author have bought the last remaining box of Kalahi pastillas de leche- Php 60 per box

Being an agricultural town – Baliwag is also known for her puto and putong bumbong which are by- products of sticky rice.

Aling Luring’s Carinderia

Aling Luring’s Goto Carinderia is a quaint home style restaurant within the town , She popularized the serkele , it taste like a combination of dinuguan , papaitan and tinumis.

Heirloom Family Dish

In the late part of the 1960’s  , Aling Leonila “Nanay Luring ” Castro -Trinidad would love to cook for her family, her passion eventually turned into a home-style family eatery . Through word of mouth and encouragement of family members and neighbors.  She eventually opened a carinderia to the public in 1972 or 45 years ago .

According to family members , the serkele recipe is at least 50 years, definitely  an heirloom family recipe .An order of serkele cost Php 50 which is ideal for 1 to 2 person, 1 puto cost Php 10.00 , It is cheaper to buy per pack .

serkele with puto

Unfortunately Aling Luring died few years ago and family members got her recipe , which still continues her culinary legacy . The quaint eatery had a capacity of about 20 to 25 people at any given time . Our group is just fortunate that it was mid-morning that we have visited the carinderia. Eventually there are some restaurants which are also serving this dish , thus a visit to the town is not complete without a taste of serkele .

Aside from serkele , Aling Luring is also known for her goto ( Php 20.00 per order) goto extra ( Php 35) ,Lugaw Tokwa Baboy (Php 35.00 per order) , Lugaw plain ( Php 12.00 ) , Chicken Mami ( Php 25 ) Lumpiang Prito ( Php 10.00 ) and Palabok ( Php 35.00 )

Address : JM Basa , Concepcion Street , Baliwag , Buacan province 

Instruction – from Baliwag bus transit terminal , just 1 tricycle ride to Poblacion

rustic nipa hut 

Baliwag Chicken Inasal or Baliwag Inasal , This is another version of the famous inasal of Bacolod , However – they do not have annato oil or achuete oil to accompany the marinated grilled chicken .

We also liked their suka ( vinegar ) we used the vinegar for dipping the marinated chicken and pork barbecue .  A few slices of calamansi , soy sauce and chilies will surely bring out the taste of the grilled foods.

chicken inasal

Baliwag Inasal also have good selection of menus which range from fried itik , gising gising , beef tofu sisig ,pinaputok na tilapia with rice , inihaw na hito , pancit and okoy .

pork barbecue

The rustic style had a sitting capacity of between 50 to 100 persons at any given time with wide parking space for those planning to bring their families and friends. We love the chopsuey vegetables and their barbecue .

menu board

The restaurant also does catering services ,  chairs and table for rent , car rentals .

Address: Baliwag Inasal -Pinagbarilan , Baliwag , Bulacan

Contact Persons : BY 0922-850 -1134 , Richie  0932911-1901 , Elsa 0923-8470449

Buntal Hat Industry

Tita Rosario ” Rosie ” Q. Bautista

Tita Rosario ” Rosie” Q. Bautista had been one of the few remaining proprietors making Buntal hats , she showed the group the tedious process of  making the hats , from sourcing them in Quezon province to the actual weaving of the hats .

colorful buntal hats

One hat cost anywhere from Php 1,000 to several thousand of pesos, considering that the materials are hard to come by , buntal hats weavers are also in decline . There is also the intense competition by China made ” buntal hats ” which are far cheaper buy lesser quality compared to the local buntal hats.

Those people who would like have their hats custom made must make appointments before visiting her address. It can takes several weeks or even months .

Some of her hats were worn by royalties in Europe, Asia , Middle East and grace fashion shows in Paris , London , Milan and New York .

Ms. Rosie Bautista- Proprietor Baliwag Buntal Enterprises

Address: 541 Alido Subdivision , Phase 1 -Virgen de Las Flores , Baliwag , Bulacan -Philippines 

Contact : Home Telephone ( 044) 816-8101 / Office Telephone ( 044) 766-1402 

Cellphone : 0943-4699771

Ancestral Houses 

Baliwag is known for her ancestral houses and monuments , Here are just some of the ancestral houses that we visited .

Don RonaRico Amang Cruz Ancestral House– This is not part of the extensive property which included a private school (VICRIS ) and an old warehouse .

old warehouse

The ancestral house was estimated to have been built around 1850’s and had a lot of intricate wall carvings . This is one of the oldest and most opulent house in Baliwag . ( since this is a private residence – the owners does not allow photography inside the residence )

Dr. Zotico T. Centeno Ancestral House 

Dr.Zotico T. Centerno Ancestral house was bought by the present owner in the mid-1970’s ( around 1975 ) from the grandmother of Charo Santos- Concio . The 900 sqm property was carefully preserve and is a private residence of Dr. Centeno and his 2 children .  It was bought at around Php300,000 to Php 400,000 at that time .

bedroom

The furniture inside the house are old about 40 to 45 years-old made from wood with bone inlaid . We paid a courtesy visit to his ancestral house and have an afternoon of chit-chat with the owner , who is 87 years-old . The current owner do not have an idea on how old the ancestral house , but he would estimate that the house was built late American colonial era. Due to the private nature of the ancestral house and respecting the privacy of the owner. ( we only post photos of the main sala area  and bedroom without the owner )

The house had a nice manicured lawn and garden.

We still have a couple of places that we visited , but i decided to blog them on my next article .

Lakad Pamana will be conducting a heritage and culinary tour on February 18, 2017 at the town of Baliwag . The public are invited to join this experience.

Issuance of Bustos Centennial Stamp

Bustos is a municipality of Bulacan province . The town is currently celebrating their 100th anniversary as a separate municipality . Among the famous landmarks of the municipality includes Bustos Dam , Bulacan Military Area Monument , Mga Bahay at Yaman ni St. Martin of Porres , Ancestral Houses among others . 

The most iconic is the ” Minasa” a type of cookie and barquillos.

Early History

Bustos was a part of the town of Baliuag as its barrio during the Spanish Period. The town was separated from Baliuag by a tragic incident when around 1860, a rainy Sunday, a group of natives from Bustos with babies in their arms were on their way to the church  for baptismal when they drowned when the raft or planceta they were riding capsized while crossing the wild river of Angat  due to the strong water current. This fateful event led the people of Bustos to request and build their own parish church to be able to avoid crossing the wild river for community safety. The people chose Holy Child  Jesus (Sto. Niño) as their patron saint in honor of those infants that died in the river.

Technical Description 

Kind of Issue : Commemorative

Denomination & Quantity : P12 – – – 101,000

Date of Issue : January 15, 2017

Last Day of Sale :January 14, 2018

Size of Stamps : 40mm x 30mm

Sheet Composition : 40 on (4 X 10)

Perforation :14

Printing Process : Litho offset (4 colors)

Paper : Imported Unwatermarked

Printer : Amstar Company, Inc.

Designer :Rodine C. Teodoro

Design : Centennial Logo of the Municipality of Bustos, Bulacan

 

Revisiting Arki’s Tambayan

Scuala Street, San Miguel, Bulacan province

Our group arrived at Arki’s Tambayan at around past 8:00am. There was not much traffic along NLEX and major roads since it was a national holiday ( June 12 ) Independence Day . Our group was met by Ms. Kat Garcia proprietor of the place.

Ms. Febe Sevilla together with Ms. Kat Garcia

 breakfast buffet meal which consists of fried rice, egg , skinless longganisa , fried galungong na tinapa, mustasa and a choice of coffee and chocolate

fried tinapang galunggong fish

group photo at Arki’s Tambayan -courtesy of Ms. Kat Garcia

Our group enjoyed the hearty breakfast buffet at the restaurant and after about an hour or so , we decided to leave the place .

Here is a visit to the restaurant few months ago :

Address: 0034 Scuala Street ,San Juan , San Miguel , Bulacan

Operation: 10:00am to 9:00pm everyday

Contact : 0917 800 9270/09358891003  for bookings and reservations

Landline: (044) 327 0388

 They have an active Facebook Page : Arki’s Tambayan

Related link : Arki’s Tambayan

 

A Visit to San Miguel Arcangel Church in San Miguel , Bulacan

De Leon St., Barangay. Poblacion,San Miguel, Bulacan province

San Miguel Archangel Church facade

Lakad Pamana with the partnership of Arki’s Tambayan, local government of San Miguel , Bulacan ,  Clarita Water , Sweet Bulakenya products , Mr. Rolly Reyes, Ms. Aida Yamaguchi of Banal na Bundok , San Miguel residents Mr. Pat Fajardo,  Mr. Lorenzo Buencamino had organized a cultural , heritage and industry tour of San Miguel , Bulacan to commemorate the 118th anniversary of independence day . 

San Miguel Archangel Church and convent

Travel time from Quezon City to San Miguel had become much faster compared several years ago, When we would endure 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours just to visit the famed municipality .We left Trinoma area past 6:30am and arrived around past 8:00am at Arki’s Tambayan before we toured the church.

interior of the church

This is due to many factors, road are cemented and less traffic due to the public holidays. There is also an ongoing road construction ( viaduct ) which connects the town of San Miguel to Balagtas exit , making travel time even much faster .

San Miguel

fountain

There are old narra trees and fountains within the church premises.

historical timeline

History:

It is believed that the town of San Miguel was initially established as a town under the province of Pampanga.  The parish of San Miguel de Mayumo was founded years before 1607 as a visita of Candaba .It was  declared an independent parish in 1725. However, some records tell that the parish of San Miguel was later annexed to Gapan , Nueva Ecija in 1726 as a visita. It was also recorded that San Miguel de Mayumo was once annexed to Macabebe, Pampanga also as a visita in 1763.

names of the parishioners who donated money for the restoration and rehabilitation of the church.

Augustinian Friars:

>1742 Reverend Father Agustin Galeeran-Ministro
>1744 Reverend Father Francisco Alvarez
>1750 Reverend Father Miguel Arias
>1751 Reverend Father Jose Vega Sirvio
>1756 Reverend Father Agustin Alejandro Dominguez
>1759 Reverend Father Juan de Oro
>1769 Reverend Father Gabriel Homar
>1773 Reverend Father Francisco Gonzales
>1839-1840 Reverend Father D. Mariano Buencamino
>1842-1843 Reverend Father D. Anselmo Fajardo
>1847-1849 Reverend Father Antonio de la Fuente
>1850-1863 Reverend Father Juan Manuel Tombo
>1864 Reverend Father Benito Perez
>1866-1870 Reverend Father Eugenio Ortiz
>1875-1879 Reverend Father Francisco Arriola
>1879-1886 Reverend Father Alejandro Hernandez
>1890-1891 Reverend Father Antonio de Piernavida
>1893 Reverend Father Pablo Alvarez
>1894-1898 Reverend Father Joaquin Garcia
>1897 Reverend Father Agapito Pena

Filipino Parish Priests:

>June 15, 1898—1922 Reverend Father Ildefonso Carranza
>July 4, 1923—1931 Reverend Father Deogracias R. Javier
>January 1931— – – – – Ilmo. Monsignor Marcelino Fajardo, P.C.
>August 5, 1931—1936 Reverend Father Arsenio Nicdao
>June 14, 1936—1948 Ilmo. Father Honorio Resurreccion, D.P.
>March 15, 1948—1951 Reverend Father Francisco Domingo
>April 15, 1951—1955 Ilmo. Monsignor Arsenio Reyes, P.C.
>May 10, 1955—1957 Ilmo. Monsignor Pedro L. Abad, P.C.
>May 10, 1957—1968 Ilmo. Monsignor Jose B. Aguinaldo, A.D.
>June 1968—1985 Rt. Rdo. Monsignor Jose M. Salas, D.P.
>June 20, 1985—1987 Reverend Father Paulo Dimagiba
>November 4, 1987—1988 Reverend Father Marcelo Sanchez
>September 5, 1988 Rt. Reverend Monsignor Jaime S. Garcia
>Reverend Father Francisco J. Vistan
>Reverend Father Javier B. Joaquin
>Reverend Father Virgilio M. Cruz

Saint Micheal of Archangel statue

Architecture:

The church, with its predominantly Baroque features, has a two-level façade and a curved pediment surmounted by the rectangular belfry with a bulbous dome .

The façade is primarily adorned by the paired pilasters  and multi-edged cornices dividing the front into several sections.

retablo

The dome was partly destroyed during the second world war and was restored few years later. the main retablo still boast of beaten silver works , candelabra ( candle holder ) and statue of Saint Micheal of Archangel .

The group also toured the church yard and was led to the niches of the prominent families of the place that was buried.

Dr. Maximo Sison Viola and his wife Juana Roura de Viola

Dr. Maximo Sison Viola (1857–1933) was a propagandist, writer, revolutionary leader and doctor from San Miguel, Bulacan.

He is known as the best friend and confidant of Dr. Jose Rizal  in Europe. They work together, they visited museums, art gallery, restaurants and stayed in hotels to work there in Europe. He led a fight against the Spaniards with his two brothers and stayed at Biak-na-Bato. . He also financed the publication of  Noli Me Tangere , the first 2000 copies of the novel in 1887. He studied medicine in University of Santo Tomas and in 1882 he went to Spain to continue his studies. He finished his course in the year 1886.

The group saw Mr. Freddie Goyena – proprietor of Goyena Special Chicharon within the church courtyard.

After a short tour of the church and courtyard , The group went to the municipal building and several ancestral houses .

References:

Bulacan Government : http://www.bulacan.gov.ph/generalinfo/hero.php?id=33

NHCP : http://nhcp.gov.ph/dr-maximo-s-viola-the-man-who-first-read-the-noli-me-tangere/

https://smdmkatkkk.wordpress.com/category/saint-michael-the-archangel-parish/

Mr. Lorenzo Buencamino

Entertainment and Buffet Meal at Tito Renz

San Jose del Monte City , Bulacan province -Philippines

After the the visit to Angat and Norzagaray within Bulacan province, our group decided to eat at Tito Renz located along San Jose del Monte City

Tito Renz -Restaurant and Event Center

This restaurant branch specializes on buffet meal which starts as low as Php 190.00 per head. It had a wide space and ample parking areas.  The place was jam-packed with people dining and there were a lot of reservations.

groupie

group photo at the buffet station

buffet station

At the buffet station , there are a wide array of meal which includes kare-kare, shrimps, okoy , fish fillet, kangkong , fried chicken , pancit canton , kaldereta , bulalo soup , fresh fruit slices watermelon , cantaloupe and maja blanca.

video courtesy of Lakad Pamana

There is also a small stage in which live entertainment was performed by a local band. Mr. Sergio Diaz a Colombian working in the Philippines made an impromptu performance .

video courtesy of Lakad Pamana

Mr. Roy Vincent -Santiago also sang ” Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang ” ending the fun and friendly bonding between new found friends and rekindle old friendship.

Address: M. Villarica Rd, San Jose del Monte City, 3023 Bulacan
Phone:0933 431 9325 /.09496674242

 

 

Visit to Casa Flor de Liza of Angat , Bulacan

108 Dr. A. Villarama street corner P. Capistrano Street , Barangay Marungko, Angat, Bulacan province – Philippines

Lakad Pamana and Sir Roy Vincent Santiago together with the group of participants decided to have an unplanned road tour of the town of Angat just a few kilometers away from Norzagaray .

Maximo Fernandez and Adelaida Mendoza Ancestral House

After a brief stop over at the Angat Church ( more on that in my later post) . We visited the old Casa Flor de Liza was constructed around 1888 by Cabezang Maximo ” Imong” Villarama- Fernandez and his wife  a religious woman, Adelaida  ” Ima Idang” Mendoza Fernandez.

old family photos

The house is located along Dr. A. Villarama street corner Capistrano street within Barangay Marungko, Angat -Bulacan.

Dr. A . Villarama was a former Secretary of Health 1954 while P. Capistrano was a former Mayor of the place in 1906.

entrance

The house is also known as Maximo Fernandez and Adelaida Mendoza Ancestral House.  The house had a neatly manicured garden with lots of  flowering vinca or chichirica, euphorbia milli hybrids , pinsarai , tropical fruit trees such as Bangkok guava, chico , pomelo and Dendrobium orchid hybrids.

an heirloom family collection of old religious figures

The house had a lot of interesting furniture sets with carabao bone inlaid designs.

Mr. Roy Vincent Santiago together with Dr. Maximo Santos

Mr. Maximo Fernandez “Meng” Santos is the the fourth generation of the clan with his wife, Dra.Queenie Santos, MD, inherited the ancestral house. He was the youngest member of the clan.

bedroom

The floors were very clean and made from large narra planks .

groupie photo courtesy by : Mr. Roy Vincent Santiago

After a brief tour of the ancestral house , the group have a photo opportunity with the host and we left the place.

Kangay Restaurant : Bagnet and Coffee Restaurant

Norzagaray , Bulacan province-Philippines

Kangay restaurant is a new restaurant chain in Norzagaray , Bulacan. According to the proprietor , They opened a small restaurant about 4 years ago and had been doing well. This prompted them to open a new coffee shop and restaurant a few months ago.

Kangay’s restaurant facade

The new restaurant is quaint and had a sitting capacity ( air-condition ) of between 35 to 40 people at any given time. There is also a small patio area good for 4 to 5 people sitting outside.

interior of the restaurant and coffee shop

According to Mr. Roy Vincent Santiago – Kangay is a term ” To Eat ”  used by local people of Norzagaray whenever there are occasions such as town fiesta or special events.

menu board

The restaurant’s menu offers coffee , ice cream, beverages, snack items like nachos, spaghetti , carbonara, fish fries, french fries , pansit canton, rice topping like Beef Pares and Chilli Thai Beef only at Php 79.00 per meal

cream frappes with double chocolate chips at Php 69.00

sundae ice cream -strawberry

We must say that it was the in-house specialties like Bagnet Rice , Kare-Kare Rice and Bicol Express ( Kangay’s Bagnet ) which the group had eaten .

bagnet rice with bagoong and fresh slices of tomatoes and onion ( condiment )

kare-kare with bagnet and bagoong ( shrimp paste )

bicol express with bagnet

 sweet and sour fish fillet with rice

sinigang soup

participants
The participants enjoyed the food, coffee , desserts and creme frappes . One must try this coffee and restaurant when one is visiting the place.
Address: 786 General Alejo G. Santos Highway, Partida, Norzagaray, 3013 Bulacan
Operation Hours : 10:00am to 9:30pm weekdays Monday to Friday
9:30 am to 9:30pm weekend Saturday and Sunday
Phone:(044) 342 0510
(Cellphone )0917-6943634