Category Archives: Isabela

Rice Hull Stove

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Stove designed to use rice hulls as fuel

Magat Reservoir

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Magat dam’s reservoir

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Magat dam’s power plant and the river

The Convoy

White cow as beast of burden

White cow as beast of burden

Carabao is a beautiful creature

Carabao is a beautiful creature

Young carabao

Young carabao

The slow moving convoy

The slow moving convoy of corn stalks cargo

Palengke Style Longganisa

In Cabatuan public market, I came across two guys preparing longganisa (sausage) palengke style.

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Cleaning the pork intestines by means of scraping

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Casing of the longganisa from cleaned pork intestines. All natural

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Adding lots of sugar and some salt into the 5 kilo ground pork

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This is the most unappealing part - the addition of strawberry food color

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Soy sauce is added

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Mixing by hand

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The mix is now ready to be made into links using the natural casing from pig intestines

Panciteria

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It’s a likelihood that the pancit sold by the kilo in the palengke will be bought for preparing into pancit cabagan or pancit batil patong. These two pancit dishes are always in the menu of panciterias in Isabela.
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Boiling pork in the panciteria’s kitchen. Afterwards it will be fried to make lechon kawali, a primary topping of pancit cabagan

Brick Beauty

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Tumauini Church with two passing tricycles

Inatata

 

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Suman packaged in banana leaf and sold in ammo like bundles in Ilagan

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Ammunition for hungry self

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Inatata is one of the good ones (among the many suman in the country)

Scarecrow Wisdom

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Beans and grains art to convey the wisdom of saving the world by planting mung beans

Kalabasa Ukoy

Fritters as street food as usual (in countless variations) like this vegetable one made from squash.

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Makeshift spider strainer and wok as necessities

Our Lady of Atocha Church

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All Spanish period churches I’ve seen (three of them) in Isabela were built from bricks like this one in Alicia town

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A relatively small side door.

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The lady at the courtyard.

Lugawan

 

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Lugawan is fairly common in every region all over the archipelago. Lugaw (rice gruel) in several variations is an appealing option for a quick meal wherever its location may be, whether in poblacion or town plaza or along highways as food stop for motorists and provincial buses.

The lugawan in this post is in Alicia town of Isabela province and one can observe several of this table lugawan setup along the national highway where each one serve boiled culled layers as an accompaniment to the plain lugaw. I remember in Bantayan island of Cebu province, grilled culled layers are sold everywhere understandably because chicken egg production is the island’s primary industry. I did enjoy snacking on that tough but tasty meat.

In that clear display shelf, one can choose chicken or egg as lugaw accompaniment or none at all but just plain lugaw depending on one’s budget.

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A lugawan place is attractive if there’s a giant caldero full of lugaw continuously heated in a stove using either charcoal or wood as fuel

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The lugaw proprietor has a penchant for green color

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Some kind of a gamu-gamo trap under a light source. Just put a bit of water inside and the gamu-gamo will go in says the lugaw guy

By the Ricefield

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Varnishing the newly made bamboo bed frame in Cabatuan, Isabela

Kalesa in Cabagan

Horse-driven carriage as transportation option in Cabagan.

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I rode one in going to palengke at 5 pesos per person

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The kutchero in pink ala Crocs footwear.=

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