Category Archives: Lanao del Norte

Everyday Lechon

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Lechon at the night market of Iligan

Lechon for breakfast, for lunch, and for dinner. Yes that’s how it is in Iligan (also in Tacloban). It’s an every day food and not just a special dish for celebrations. One thing I’ve noticed about the delicious Iligan’s lechon is that it is stuffed with lots of red onions.

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There are plenty of lechon stalls and lechon carinderia scattered in Iligan where one can buy by the kilo or fraction thereof. It is smoking hot and available early in the morning. One can even eat lechon for breakfast at the carinderia. During Friday and Saturday evenings, there’s a food night market at the plaza where the most dominant fare is the lechon, what else. This is where the residents go for Friday and Saturday dinner out. This is where folks from all levels bond happily over a lechon meal.

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If I have to rank the sarapness of the lechon by place in the country, then Iligan is the champion, followed by Tacloban, and then Cebu City as second runner-up. I’ve lived in Cebu City for 5 years and lechon (inasal in Cebuano) was not nearly an every day food as compared to Iligan. In Bacolod, my hometown, I would buy lechon in Barangay Lechonan, at one of the several lechon stalls by the roadside.

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Iligan’s lechon is without frills, readily available every day for the ordinary folks, and yet the best tasting, period.

Understandably the “best pig ever” of Anthony Bourdain is relative to his number of lechon exposure in the country (hence the ‘ever’). Sir Anthony, I hope one day you can experience lechon paired with puso and eaten onsite in one of the several small tables at the weekend night market of Iligan City. Perhaps you might find your “best pig, period”. No reservation necessary.

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One of the several lechon places in Iligan

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Photo taken around breakfast time and lechon is already available and smoking hot

Maria Cristina’s Power

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Maria Cristina Hydroelectric Plant

Maria Cristina Falls, a mainstay in Filipino textbooks as a favorite example of waterfall in the Philippines being among the tallest in the country. Now from a civil engineer’s point of view, it’s a great accomplishment to harness the power of Maria Cristina while retaining its majestic beauty.

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The majestic Maria Cristina Falls from afar

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Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) Landmark Award in recognition of the capability of Filipino Civil Engineers in harnessing the full potential of Maria Cristina Falls through its construction of the hydroelectric plant

Guso Stalls

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Guso stall at Iligan Public Market

To my fellow guso-salad lover folks, here are snapshots of guso stalls sighted at the mercado of Iligan, Ozamiz, and Oroquieta.

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Guso stall at Ozamiz Public Market

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Guso stall at Oroquieta Sunday Market (Taboan)

Typography: Beauty Parlor

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