Category Archives: Misamis Occidental

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)

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Balot Tables

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Balot tables beside the Cotta Fort in Ozamiz City

Balot snacking (spelled as balut in Manila), is a sit-down and unhurried street food indulgence in Misamis Occidental. Several small tables with chairs are available. On top of the table are the vinegar and salt condiments; under the table is a bin for egg shells and other throwaways. Indeed it’s only in Oroquieta and Ozamiz where I’ve seen an outdoor table service for balot so far.

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Spiced vinegar and salt as condiments for eating balot

It is my observation that folks from Visayas and Mindanao love balot so much and treat it as an ordinary everyday fare. I’m from Visayas and I eat balot from my elementary days until now. I cannot imagine Manila kids doing the same level of indulgence on this delightful snack. Even though Manila population consists of migrant folks from VisMin, it seems that the passing down of balot snacking to the next generation is not easy. Availability isn’t the problem, rather it’s the lack of ‘balot-eating’ ambiance in mega cities. Too bad.

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Balot tables near the plaza in Oroquieta City

Fish Jumping Illusion

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Why do you arrange fish like that? To which Madam Fish Vendor answered, “Para nindot tan awon, kanang murag buhi pa ba, kanang mag ambak ambak pa” (So it would be nice to look at, like they are still alive and jumping). And that’s what I thought too, that it will look fresh and still firm, though I didn’t guess the jumping part.

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Sunday Snapshot: Oroquieta Bandstand

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Municipal bandstand in Oroquieta City

Apart from the statue of Jose Rizal, there is one other structure that I usually see in city/town plaza — the bandstand. The plazas in Bacolod City, Roxas City, and Oroquieta City for example have bandstands that are a standout.

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