By Imelda Castro-Rivero
(Last of two parts)
From the mountainous towns of the province there is “etag” as the OTOP of Lidlidda. This is native pork tapa marinated for two days unlike the ordinary tapa, using pork from native pigs. Other products are woven bags, dragon fruit wine, and wooden ladles.
Sugpon has banana chips, ginger tea and ube products such as wine, flan, powder, jam, pastilles. Ube wine, the OTOP, is made by the Sugpon Food Processors Association.
San Emilio has tapey (rice) Wine, and Bugnay wine is made by the Cabaroan Tapey Association. Nagbukel has papaya products such as preserves, pickles, jam, and juice or nectar and crispy cookie broas. Banayoyo has banana chips made by the Binnuyog Banayoyo Banana Processors Association.
Galimuyod has rice blend coffee 3 in 1 made by the Galimuyod Federation of Rural Improvement Club. Cervantes has ginger tea turmeric made by the Zigzag Kalayan United Planters Cooperative, and teas from guyabano, lagundi, banana and turmeric, vegetable noodles and chips and red rice. Alilem has cane and ube vinegars, soft tiger grass brooms, vegetable chips made from squash and ‘labuyo’, a wild chicken .
Santiago has woven cloth. Salcedo has chocolate tablets, sweet dalandan, ginger, and gabi. Suyo has tiger grass brooms, ginger, gabi, handicrafts made of indigenous materials. Burgos has ballatinaw, the native red rice, and indigenous baskets. Gregorio del Pilar has coffee and coffee beans in tetra packs, squash chips, salabat or ginger tea, bubod (part of coconut) , pure wild honey, and turmeric powder.
From the first district of the province, Cabugao has bamboo products, Sinait has fresh garlic and onions, and garlic chips made by the Sinait Garlic Onion Growers Association. San Ildefonso has ice cream with malunggay leaves, garlic, squash and other vegetables; basi or sugar cane wine with various flavors, muscovado ampao (sugarcane sugar tablets), sugar cane sugar, and spiced vinegar.
Caoayan has abel Iloco, water lily products such as bags, slippers, boxes as souvenir items; corn husk slippers, bottled oysters in oil, and smoked bangus. Santa Catalina has fresh vegetables and bottled pickled veggies. San Vicente has wooden icons (rebolto) of saints, wooden carved furnitures, wooden windows with capiz shells, big red onions, cultured oyster mushroom, and iodized salt made by the Kap Saltmaking Factory of barangay San Sebastian.
Bantay has crispy corn, pork or bagnet, and pork intestines. Vigan has longanisa, burnay jar, tera cota products such as tiles, pots, jars, and chichacorn or crispy corn. Magsingal has corn husk products such as bags, slippers, flowers, curtains made by the Magsingal Zea May’s Crafts and tupig or the rice cake cooked inside a half yard bamboo trunk. This town is the origin of tupig.
Santo Domingo has coconut pie, and cakes made of glutinous rice, cassava, carrots, malungay leaves and coconut meat. San Juan has the local crispy hopia with sesame seeds, and bags, baskets, mats made of buri palm leaves.#