STA. BARBARA, Pangasinan — The provincial government of Pangasinan staged the SangkaSamitan, a contest to label the best tasting rice delicacies in town, on the second day of the 3rd Pangasinan Umaani Expo on March 12 at the Provincial Nursery Compound in this town.
Provincial Agriculture officer-in charge Nestor Batalla said the SangkaSamitan (most delicious) is a rice product contest which aims to showcase the best tasting rice delicacies and to educate men and women of the community of the various ways on how to prepare these different rice products.
“Dati, dala na nila rito na luto na. Ngayon, gusto namin ipakita kung paano nila iluto. Dito na nila gawin ‘yong pagluluto nang sa ganoon ay matuto ‘yong ibang mga kababaihan at kalalakihan na magluto ng iba’t ibang klase ng produkto ng bigas,” Batalla said.
The competition includes various categories such as cooking of biko, bilo-bilo, suman and tupig.
Ferdinand Leal of Sto. Tomas town garnered the top spot for the bilo-bilo category while Lorna Gundayao of San Carlos City bagged first for the biko category.
On the other hand, Myrna Manila from the municipality of Infanta ranked first for the suman category while Lydia Idio of Mangatarem town earned the top spot for the tupig category.
Each winner received P3,000.00 cash prize and non-winning participants were awarded with a consolation prize of P1,000.00 each.
The rice product contest was conducted simultaneously with the awarding of outstanding irrigators’ association and ceremonial turn-over of 100 units of pump and engine set from the National Irrigation Administration in the Ilocos for the farmers of Pangasinan. (PIA Pangasinan)